Indonesia violence: Samurai sword-armed men target police station

Charlene Craig
May 16, 2018

At least four men were shot and killed by police officers after they tried to attack a police station in Pekanbaru, the capital of Indonesia's Riau province, on May 16, according to Indonesian news website Detik.

Dozens of suspects have been rounded up in raids since Sunday's attacks, while several militants, including the number two ranking leader of the Surabaya JAD chapter, had been shot and killed, police said.

The attack left one police officer dead and two others injured. The militants then unexpectedly exited the minivan and staged strikes with swords against policemen at the spot, spokesman of provincial police Sunarto said. Police found the van not far from the location of the attack and searched it for possible explosive materials.

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The report said that the men had driven their auto into the police yard before getting out to stage the attack.

According to reports from journalists at the scene, who were covering another story right before the attack, a white Toyota Avanza smashed into the outer fence of the police headquarters.

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.

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Indonesia is still reeling from the shock of a series of suicide bombings in recent days.

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

On Monday, a family of five, including an eight-year-old child, mounted a suicide bombing at the Surabaya police headquarters, injuring 10 people.

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