Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Multiple Deaths in Riau Police Station Attack

Multiple Deaths in Riau Police Station Attack

Four of the men involved in the attack on the Riau Police headquarters in Pekanbaru on Wednesday had previously tried to help terror detainees who were rioting at the Mobile Brigade headquarters (Mako Brimob) last week, police said.

The four men used samurai swords to attack officers at Riau police headquarters in Pekanbaru, Sumatra, national police spokesman Setyo Wasisto said.

The attack comes days after over two dozen people were killed in a series of terrorist strikes in Indonesia, including suicide bombings by a family of six in three churches on Sunday in the islands second largest city, Surabaya. Another man was arrested and four others were suspected to have fled the scene, it said.

Riau Provincial Police Spokesperson AKBP Sunarto said two police officers were injured. Police found the van not far from the location of the attack and searched it for possible explosive materials.

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 bombing followed separate attacks on three churches, also carried out by one family, in the same city.

The spokesman said that a journalist who had been at the police station was also hurt after being hit by the auto.

In a message carried on its Amaq news agency, Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attacks in Surabaya.

The incident also left an officer dead and two others wounded.

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

The families have been linked to the local chapter of Indonesian extremist network Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), which police said was behind the attacks.

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