Indonesia police kill three 'terrorists' who attacked officers with a sword

Indonesia police kill three 'terrorists' who attacked officers with a sword

Indonesia police kill three 'terrorists' who attacked officers with a sword

Indonesian police have shot dead four men armed with swords after they attacked a police station on the island of Sumatra.

National police spokesman Setyo Wasisto said the men attacked officers after driving a minivan into the police compound in Pekanbaru.

In addition to the two injured cops, one police officer killed after getting hit by suspected terrorists' vehicle, one journalist injured, four perpetrators killed while at least one is on the run.

The attack follows a prison riot in Jakarta, suicide bombings in three churches in Surabaya city, the provincial capital of East Java.

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

The bloody violence is putting pressure on lawmakers to pass a stalled security law that would give police more power to take pre-emptive action against terror suspects.

Police blame a local IS-inspired group, Jemaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), for the attacks in the city of Surabaya.

One policeman was reported killed and three people injured in the attack.

Following the 2002 Bali bombings, it had been widely praised for its sustained anti-terrorism crackdown.

"They had the same teacher and they regularly met for Koran recital every week", said East Java police chief Machfud Arifin.

But, the country now faces a new threat, in part from from IS fighters who have come home after combat in Syria.

It was not clear if Wednesday's attack was linked to the earlier incidents.

Related news

[an error occurred while processing the directive]