Militant shot dead in attack on police headquarters in Indonesia's Riau province

Officer, 4 attackers wielding samurai swords dead in Indonesia police station assault

At least four men were shot and killed by police officers after they tried to attack a police station in Pekanbaru, the capital of Indonesia's Riau province, on May 16, according to Indonesian news website Detik.

The group slammed a minivan into a gate and then attacked officers with swords.

Two police officers and one local journalist were also injured in the attack.

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.

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

Dozens of suspects have been rounded up in raids since Sunday's attacks, while several militants, including the number two ranking leader of the Surabaya JAD chapter, had been shot and killed, police said.

This was the second attack on a police premise in the country since Monday.

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Police have been frequent targets of mostly low level attacks by local militants, including a 2017 suicide bombing at a bus station in Jakarta that killed three police officers.

The report said that the men had driven their auto into the police yard before getting out to stage the attack. Both groups have pledged allegiance to IS, they said.

The next day, militants attacked Surabaya city police headquarters.

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

The radical group supports Islamic State, whose ambitions have been reined in after losing most of the land it once occupied in Iraq and Syria.

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

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