Sword-wielding militants attack Indonesian police, killing one

Militant shot dead in attack on police HQ in Indonesia's Riau province

Militant shot dead in attack on police HQ in Indonesia's Riau province

Indonesian police shot dead three men on Wednesday after one attacked them with a samurai sword, wounding two officers, at Riau police headquarters in Pekanbaru, Sumatra, an internal police report said.

Local journalist Doddy Vladimir, who was at scene of the attack, said he saw a white Toyota Avanza van hit the headquarter's fence at around 9am (02:00 GMT).

According to Channel NewsAsia, at least one of the attackers was wielding a sword and wounded two officers, while another allegedly had a bomb strapped to his body.

The attacks have put Indonesia on edge - and sparked a string of foreign government travel advisories - as the world's biggest Muslim-majority country starts the holy fasting month of Ramadan from Thursday.

"Then four of the men got out from the auto and attacked police", he added.

It is said to be the deadliest since the 2002 Bali attack.

The attack comes days after over two dozen people were killed in a series of terrorist strikes in Indonesia, including suicide bombings by a family of six in three churches on Sunday in the islands second largest city, Surabaya. Both groups have pledged allegiance to IS, they said.

Then on Monday in Surabaya, a family of five targeted a police station - four of them were killed but an eight-year-old girl survived.

The Islamic State (IS) group has claimed the attack via its news outlet.

"They had the same teacher and they regularly met for Koran recital every week", said East Java police chief Machfud Arifin, adding that police were pursuing the teacher for questioning.

"The one who escaped has been captured and secured at Pekanbaru police station", Mr Wasisto said.

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