1 dead, 3 injured in sword attack on Indonesian police headquarters

A security vehicle drives along a road after an attack at the Riau police headquarters in Pekanbaru Sumatra

Four samurai sword-wielding men were shot dead by Indonesian police on Wednesday after they attacked a police headquarters on the island of Sumatra.

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

Two officers were wounded in the attack, while another was killed after one of the perpetrators tried to escape and crashed into the officer, he said.

Earlier, an internal police report said that one of the dead men may have had a bomb strapped to his body.

The attack comes after a series of suicide bombings, also claimed by IS, which targeted churches and a police building in Surabaya - Indonesia's second-biggest city, over the past few days.

The spokesman said that a journalist who had been at the police station was also hurt after being hit by the auto.

Indonesia is the world's most populous Muslim-majority country.

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Two policemen were injured by the sword attacks and another was killed after being hit by the minivan which was trying to escape from the compound of the headquarters, he added.

But on Sunday, a family of six - including girls aged nine and 12 - staged suicide bombings of three churches during morning services in Surabaya, killing 13.

Although NII is separate from the Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD) group that was behind the bombings in Surabaya and Sidoarjo, Setyo said they were all part of the wider pro-Islamic State (IS) network in Indonesia.

On Monday members of another family blew themselves up at a police station in Surabaya, wounding 10.

"They had the same teacher and they regularly met for Koran recital every week", said East Java police chief Machfud Arifin.

They followed a deadly prison riot staged by Islamist prisoners at a high-security jail near Jakarta last week.

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