Indonesia Hit by New Ter­ror At­tack

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JAKARTA (Dis­patches) - Four men who at­tacked an In­done­sian po­lice head­quar­ters with samu­rai swords were shot dead Wed­nes­day and one of­fi­cer also died, au­thor­i­ties said, days af­ter a wave of deadly sui­cide bomb­ings claimed by the Is­lamic State group rocked the coun­try.

The as­sault in the city of Pekan­baru on Su­ma­tra is­land saw a group ram their mini­van into a gate at the sta­tion and then at­tack of­fi­cers with the swords, po­lice said.

It was not clear if Wed­nes­day’s in­ci­dent was linked to other at­tacks this week, which saw two fam­i­lies -- who all be­longed to the same re­li­gious study group -stage sui­cide bomb­ings at churches and a po­lice sta­tion in Surabaya on Java is­land, Indonesia’s sec­ond big­gest city.

The at­tacks have put Indonesia on edge -- and sparked a string of travel ad­vi­sories from for­eign gov­ern­ments -- as the world’s big­gest Mus­lim-ma­jor­ity coun­try starts the holy fast­ing month of Ra­madan from Thurs­day.

Po­lice said they shot dead four of the po­lice sta­tion at­tack­ers and later ar­rested another who had fled.

One of­fi­cer was killed by the speed­ing ve­hi­cle and two oth­ers were wounded in the in­ci­dent, they added.

Lo­cal me­dia said one at­tacker may have had a bomb strapped to his body but po­lice have not con­firmed the re­ports. No group has yet taken re­spon­si­bil­ity for the at­tack.

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.

Indonesia -- which is set to host the Asian Games in just three months and an IMFWorld Bank meet­ing in Bali in Oc­to­ber -- has long strug­gled with Is­lamist mil­i­tancy.

Its worst-ever at­tack was the 2002 Bali bomb­ings that killed more than 200 peo­ple -- in­clud­ing lo­cals and for­eign tourists.

Se­cu­rity forces have ar­rested hun­dreds of mil­i­tants dur­ing a sus­tained crack­down since the Bali bomb­ing, and most at­tacks in re­cent years have been low-level and tar­geted do­mes­tic se­cu­rity forces.

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

All six bombers died, in­clud­ing the mother who was Indonesia’s first known fe­male sui­cide bomber. It was also the first time chil­dren had been used in such at­tacks.

A memo­rial ser­vice was held Wed­nes­day for Vin­cen­cius Hu­dojo, 11, and Nathanael Hu­dojo, 8, two broth­ers who died af­ter the blast at the Santa Maria Catholic Church on Sun­day in Surabaya. Their mother was in­jured.

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