Officer, 4 attackers wielding samurai swords dead in Indonesia police station assault

BREAKING: Riau Police HQ attacked by four men

BREAKING: Riau Police HQ attacked by four men

The attackers rammed a van into a gate at the Riau police station in Pekanbaru on Wednesday, before getting out and continuing the assault, national police spokesman Setyo Wasist confirmed.

The fifth suspect was later arrested, he added.

A footage showed that a man lying on the ground with a sword next to his body. "One of them is being checked by a bomb squad", he was quoted by Kompas TV as saying, referring to a suspected bomb strapped to the militant's body.

The Sunday attacks were followed by another suicide bombing involving a family, this time on a Surabaya police station.

No group has taken responsibility so far.

The coordinated church attack was a sign local extremist groups were becoming more proficient, and stirs concerns about an uptick in extremism as hundreds of Indonesians who flocked to fight alongside Islamic State in the Middle East return home.

One local journalist at the scene sustained minor injuries in the attack, police said.

The attack took place around 9 a.m., when officers were preparing to hold a press conference about an earlier drug raid in the city.

Indonesia - which is set to host the Asian Games in just three months and an IMF-World Bank meeting in Bali in October - has long struggled with Islamist militancy, including the 2002 Bali bombings that killed over 200 people - mostly foreign tourists - in the country's worst-ever terror attack.

Wasisto said the driver has been apprehended and was now being detained at Riau Police Precinct.

"Four suspects were killed by police personnel during the attack". At least 26 people died in a series of terror attacks in Surabaya on Sunday and Monday, including 13 militants and their children.

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