Four killed in latest Indonesia 'terror' assault

Glen Norman
May 16, 2018

SURABAYA (East Java province) - Four men were shot dead on Wednesday (May 16) after they launched an attack using samurai swords on the Riau provincial police headquarters in Pekanbaru, local media reported.

The assault in the city of Pekanbaru on Sumatra island - also claimed by IS - saw a group ram their minivan into a gate at the station and then attack officers, police said.

At least one journalist and two police officers were reportedly injured in the alleged attack.

The attacks have put Indonesia on edge as the world's biggest Muslim majority country starts the holy fasting month of Ramadan from Thursday
The attacks have put Indonesia on edge as the world's biggest Muslim majority country starts the holy fasting month of Ramadan from Thursday

The attacks have put Indonesia on edge as the world's biggest Muslim majority country starts the holy fasting month of Ramadan from Thursday.

The spate of attacks by militants left at least 28 people dead with dozens more injured. The fifth suspect who fled was was later arrested, he added.

Earlier, an internal police report said one of the dead men had a suspected bomb strapped to his body. No group has yet taken responsibility for the attack.


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

Just hours after the church bombings, a further three people in another family were killed and two wounded when another bomb exploded at an apartment complex about 30km from Surabaya.

The attack comes after a series of suicide bombings by Islamist militants targeting churches and a police building in Indonesia's second-biggest of city of Surabaya over the past few days.


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.

The police shot two of them, Doddy said.

A police officer was killed and one of the assailants arrested.


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

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