Indonesia hit by new Islamic State attack after deadly bombings

Indonesia hit by new Islamic State attack after deadly bombings

Indonesia hit by new Islamic State attack after deadly bombings

The country is set to host the Asian Games from August 18 to September 2, as well as an IMF-World Bank meeting in Bali in October.

Four men wielding samurai swords were killed Wednesday by Indonesian cops after they staged an ISIS-inspired attack on a police station on Sumatra island, where an officer was killed, officials said.

The attackers targeted officers after ramming a minivan into a gate at the police headquarters in Pekanbaru, the capital of Riau province, local media said on Wednesday. One officer was killed in the assault and two others were wounded.

Australian news website news.com.au reports that more than one reporter, attending an unrelated news conference, were hurt.

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

If confirmed, today's attack could have become the third suicide bombing in Indonesia in four days.

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.

One local journalist at the scene sustained minor injuries in the attack, police said.

Police suspect the East Java attacks were carried out by a cell of the Jemaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD) militant group. The multiple suicide bombings were carried out by families who had even included their young children.

Earlier this month, six officers at a high-security detention center on the outskirts of the capital, Jakarta, were killed by jihadi inmates who took control of part of the prison and held hostages until being overwhelmed by police.

The attackers had used two motorcycles with explosive bombs.

The next day, militants attacked Surabaya city police headquarters.

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

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