Shot in hand halts at­tacker in In­done­sia

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

JAKARTA, In­done­sia — A sus­pected Is­lamic mil­i­tant’s fren­zied at­tack on a po­lice sta­tion in the In­done­sian cap­i­tal was thwarted by an of­fi­cer who shot the man in the hand, po­lice said Fri­day.

Jakarta po­lice spokesman Argo Yu­wono said the knife and ma­chete-wield­ing man re­peat­edly shouted “God is great” as he at­tacked of­fi­cers, chas­ing some through the build­ing and smash­ing a glass door.

One of­fi­cer suf­fered mi­nor in­juries on his arm from a ma­chete blow and an­other shot the at­tacker’s hand, forc­ing him to drop the weapon.

Po­lice are a fre­quent tar­get of at­tacks by mil­i­tants in Mus­lim-ma­jor­ity In­done­sia, who see them as rep­re­sent­ing the power of the sec­u­lar gov­ern­ment that they want re­placed by an Is­lamic state.

Yu­wono said the 31-year-old man, iden­ti­fied as Ro­handi, ar­rived at the po­lice sta­tion in Jakarta’s north on a mo­tor­bike af­ter mid­night and tried to at­tack at least half a dozen of­fi­cers by throw­ing his knife and strik­ing out with the ma­chete.

He said the at­tacker’s house has been searched and coun­tert­er­ror­ism po­lice are in­volved in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

In May, two weeks af­ter sui­cide bomb­ings that used chil­dren as car­ri­ers, In­done­sia’s par­lia­ment unan­i­mously ap­proved a tougher anti-ter­ror­ism law.

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