Indonesia : 4 sword wielding men shot dead in attack on police HQ; one officer killed – Suicide bombings kill 13; Islamic State claims responsibility

Police officers walk outside the house of the family that carried out the bombing of Surabaya police headquarters during a raid in Surabaya, Tuesday, May 15, 2018. The Muslim family that carried out suicide attacks on three churches in Indonesia's second-largest city, killing a number of people as well as its two young daughters, lived comfortably in an upper-middle class suburb and was on friendly terms with a Christian neighbor. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

AKARTA, Indonesia (AP) 05/16 — Indonesian police on Wednesday shot dead four sword-wielding men who attacked a police headquarters in Sumatra, killing one officer, the latest in a spate of militant attacks across the Muslim-majority country.

National police spokesman Setyo Wasisto said the men attacked officers after driving a minivan into Riau province’s police headquarters.

He said a fifth man, who drove the vehicle, was arrested trying to escape. One officer, who was hit by the minivan, died and two were injured.

“When the car broke through into the Riau police headquarters, it was blocked by policemen,” Wasisto told a televised news conference. “Then four of the men got out from the car and attacked police.”

Police officers stand guard near the house of the family that carried the bombing of Surabaya police headquarters during a raid in Surabaya, Tuesday, May 15, 2018. The Indonesian family brought its 7-year-old daughter to the suicide bomb attack it launched Monday on the police headquarters in the country’s second-largest city, authorities said, a day after members of another family conducted coordinated suicide bombings on three city churches that killed a number of people. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

 

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack in a statements carried by its Aamaq news agency.

Suicide bombings Sunday and Monday in Surabaya, Indonesia’s second-largest city, killed 26 people, including 13 attackers. Two families carried out the attacks, using children as young as 7.

The Islamic State group also claimed responsibility for the Surabaya attacks. The key figure in the attacks was the head of the Surabaya cell of a network of Indonesian extremists who have aligned themselves with IS.

Riau police said they were looking for a sixth man they believe was connected to Wednesday’s police station attack.

Wasisto identified the group as “members of an IS-affiliated group of NII.” He was referring to Negara Islam Indonesia, also known as Darul Islam, an Islamic group that aims to establish an Islamic state in Indonesia.

Police officers stand guard near curious onlookers during a raid on the house of the family that carried the bombing of Surabaya police headquarters, in Surabaya, Tuesday, May 15, 2018. The Indonesian family brought its 7-year-old daughter to the suicide bomb attack it launched Monday on the police headquarters in the country’s second-largest city, authorities said, a day after members of another family conducted coordinated suicide bombings on three city churches that killed a number of people. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

 

Earlier this month, six officers at a high-security detention center on the outskirts of Jakarta, Indonesia’s capital, were killed by Islamic militant inmates who took control of part of the prison and held hostages until being overwhelmed by police.

The flurry of attacks, and the tactic of using children as suicide bombers, has shocked Indonesians, who fear that IS has inspired a new wave of violent extremism in the country of more than 260 million.

Indonesia’s deadliest terror attack was in 2002 on the tourist island of Bali when nightclub bombings killed 202 people, mostly foreigners.

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