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Four men with samurai swords shot dead after Isil-claimed attack on Indonesia police station

Posted by On 11:58 AM

Four men with samurai swords shot dead after Isil-claimed attack on Indonesia police station

Four men who attacked an Indonesian police headquarters with samurai swords were shot dead Wednesday and one officer also died, authorities said, days after a wave of deadly suicide bombings claimed by Isil rocked the country.

The assault in the city of Pekanbaru on Sumatra island saw a group ram their minivan into a gate at the station and then attack officers with the swords, police said.

It was not clear if Wednesday's incident was linked to other attacks this week, which saw two families - who all belonged to the same religious study group - stage suicide bombings at churches and a police station in Surabaya on Java island, Indonesia's second biggest city.

The attacks have put Indonesia on edge - and sparked a string of travel advisories from foreign governments - as the world's biggest Muslim-majority country starts the hol y fasting month of Ramadan from Thursday.

Police said they shot dead four of the police station attackers and later arrested another who had fled.

One officer was killed by the speeding vehicle and two others were wounded in the incident, they added.

Local media said one attacker may have had a bomb strapped to his body but police have not confirmed the reports. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) claimed responsibility for the attack.

Source: Google News | Berita 24 English

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