Riau Police HQ Attacked by Unidentified Men

Riau Police HQ Attacked by Unidentified Men

The group slammed a minivan into a gate and then attacked officers with swords.

Police said they shot dead four of the police station attackers and later arrested another who had fled.

Two officers were wounded in the attack, while another was killed after one of the perpetrators tried to escape and crashed into the officer, he said.

Police spokesman Muhammad Iqbal said the militants fired rampant shots at the police building located on Sudirman street in Pekanbaru, the Riau provincial capital at 9 am Jakarta time (0200 GMT). Police found the van not far from the location of the attack and searched it for possible explosive materials.

Indonesian policemen examine a vehicle used by attackers outside the police headquarter in Pekanbaru, Riau.

This footage shows the police station from the view of a passing driver.

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Last year, a suicide bombing at a bus station in Jakarta killed three police officers.

The spate of attacks by militants left at least 28 people dead with dozens more injured.

The church bombing family were in the same religious study group as the Surabaya police station bombers and a third family believed to be linked to the wave of attacks, authorities said.

Earlier, an internal police report said one of the dead men had a suspected bomb strapped to his body.

It comes after a series of suicide attacks carried out by families that have shocked the country.

Police suspect they were carried out by a cell of the Islamic State-inspired group Jemaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), an umbrella organization on a U.S. State Department terrorist list that is reckoned to have drawn hundreds of Indonesian sympathizers of Islamic State.

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