Riau Police HQ attacked by four men

Five dead in attack on Indonesian police headquarters

Five dead in attack on Indonesian police headquarters

Indonesian police have 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.

The bloody violence is putting pressure on lawmakers to pass a stalled security law that would give police more power to take pre-emptive action against terror suspects.

Its worst-ever attack was the 2002 Bali bombings that killed more than 200 people, including locals and foreign tourists.

Just hours after the church bombings, a further three people in another family were killed and two wounded when another bomb exploded at an apartment complex about 30km from Surabaya. Both groups have pledged allegiance to IS, they said. The fifth suspect who fled was was later arrested, he added.

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

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

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Then on Monday in Surabaya, a family of five targeted a police station - four of them were killed but an eight-year-old girl survived.

The police shot two of them, Doddy said.

Police responded by shooting the alleged attackers.

Police have said the church and earlier police station attacks were motivated by the arrest of JAD leaders, including jailed radical Aman Abdurrahman.

Police suspect they were carried out by a cell of the Islamic State-inspired group Jemaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), an umbrella organisation on a US State Department terrorist list that has allegedly drawn hundreds of Indonesian sympathisers of Islamic State.

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