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Sword-wielding militants attack Indonesian police, killing one

A security vehicle drives along a road after an attack at the Riau police headquarters in Pekanbaru Sumatra Militant shot dead in attack on police HQ in Indonesia's Riau province
Ray Hunter | 16 May, 2018, 15:04

Four men armed with samurai swords and firearms have attacked a police station in the Indonesian island of Sumatra, killing one officer and wounding two others before being shot dead by security forces.

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

One local journalist at the scene sustained minor injuries in the attack, police said.

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.

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

Editor's note: An earlier version of this article stated that at least three men had attacked the Riau Police headquarters.

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Police have been frequent targets of mostly low level attacks by local militants, including a 2017 suicide bombing at a bus station in Jakarta that killed three police officers.

Doddy said the police shot and killed both perpetrators.

All six bombers died, including the mother who was Indonesia's first known female suicide bomber.

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

Attack comes after multiple bombings in Surabaya in the past week.

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.

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