Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Sword-wielding militants attack Indonesian police, killing one

Sword-wielding militants attack Indonesian police, killing one

The individuals crashed a vehicle into the entrance of the Riau province police headquarters in Pekanbaru, on the island of Sumatra, and began attacking officers, National Police Spokesman Setyo Wasisto 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).

Police said the men belonged to a local extremist group, but not Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), which authorities believe was behind the family suicide bombings.

Media said one attacker may have had a bomb strapped to his body but police did not immediately confirm the reports.


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

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.

Editor's note: An earlier version of this article stated that at least three men had attacked the Riau Police headquarters.

Police in Indonesia have raided several houses and killed several people in a nationwide hunt for more possible bombers. Both groups have pledged allegiance to IS, they said.


The suicide bombings, involving families with young children, and an explosion at an apartment where militants were suspected to have been constructing bombs have left around 30 people dead, including 13 suspected perpetrators, police said.

The next day, members of another family blew themselves up at a police station in the city, wounding 10.

They followed a deadly prison riot staged by Islamist prisoners at a high-security jail near Jakarta last week.


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