Five dead in attack on Indonesian police headquarters

Five dead in attack on Indonesian police headquarters

The individuals crashed a vehicle into the entrance of the Riau province police headquarters in Pekanbaru, on the island of Sumatra, and began attacking officers, National Police Spokesman Setyo Wasisto said.

Four men were shot and killed as they staged an attack on a police headquarters that left one officer dead and two wounded, Indonesian authorities said Wednesday, after a wave of deadly suicide bombings claimed by the Islamic State group. Another man was arrested and four others were suspected to have fled the scene, it said.

Suddenly the militants exited the auto and immediately stage strikes with swords against policemen, provincial police spokesman Sunarto said. One policeman was reported killed and three people injured in the attack.

The attack comes as the Southeast Asian nation has been rocked by a series of deadly attacks on churches and a police station, involving multiple suicide bombings carried out by families, including young children. "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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No group has yet taken responsibility for Wednesday's attack. A journalist who was at Riau police station at the moment of the incident was also injured as he was hit by a auto, according to Reuters.

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

The police said they are hunting for the militants escaping the compound.

Separately, Sunarto said police are still searching for more attackers.

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