Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Four killed in latest Indonesia 'terror' assault

Four killed in latest Indonesia 'terror' assault

"Four masked men rushed out of the auto and attacked the officers using swords", national police spokesman Setyo Wasisto told reporters in Jakarta.

Previously Police chief of Riau province Inspector General Nandang said that a total of eight militants with a white minivan staged the attacks. "People wearing masks alighted from a van and stabbed a police officer nearby", Doddy said as quoted by

Media said one attacker may have had a bomb strapped to his body but police did not immediately confirm the reports.

Police arrested at least one man, while four others fled the scene.

Indonesia - which is set to host the Asian Games in just three months and an IMF-World Bank meeting in Bali in October - has long struggled with Islamist militancy, including the 2002 Bali bombings that killed over 200 people in the country's worst-ever terror attack.

No group has taken responsibility so far.

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"Then four of the men got out from the vehicle and attacked police", he added.

The militants also rampantly shot at the headquarters, according to national police spokesman Senior Commissioner Muhammad Iqbal.

The coordinated church attack was a sign local extremist groups are becoming more proficient, and it stirs concerns about an uptick in radicalism as hundreds of Indonesians who flocked to fight alongside IS in the Middle East return home.

The attack followed multiple terrorist strikes recently in the country, including the riot in a jail in the capital last week, suicide bombings in three churches on Sunday in Surabaya city, the provincial capital of East Java, and a suicide bombing in the police headquarters in the city, which left at least 28 dead with dozens injured.

The church and earlier police station attacks were likely motivated by the arrest of JAD leaders, authorities said.

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