1 dead, 3 injured in sword attack in Indonesia


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

Indonesian police shot dead three men on Wednesday after one attacked them with a samurai sword, wounding two officers, at Riau police headquarters in Pekanbaru, Sumatra, an internal police report said.

This was the second attack on a police premise in the country since Monday.

While the police managed to shoot four of the attackers, the remaining five escaped said the police chief of Riau. "One of them is being checked by a bomb squad", he was quoted by Kompas TV as saying, referring to a suspected bomb strapped to the militant's body.

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It is said to be the deadliest since the 2002 Bali attack.

No group has yet taken responsibility for Wednesday's attack.

The police earlier disclosed that 8 militants with a white minivan launched the attacks.

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

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The latest incident comes after an attack on the Surabaya Police headquarters in East Java on Monday morning and three church bombings in the city on Sunday. Gen. Setyo Wasisto said in a press briefing in Jakarta. Another police officer and a journalist were also wounded in the sword attack.

They are now pursuing a militant who had escaped.

The families have been linked to the local chapter of Indonesian extremist network Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), which police said was behind the attacks. One ran away but was later captured and taken to the Pekanbaru Police headquarters.

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