Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

1st LD: Militants attack police headquarters in Riau, Indonesia, 1 dead

1st LD: Militants attack police headquarters in Riau, Indonesia, 1 dead

"Three officers were injured and one later died in hospital", said local police chief Nandang, who goes by one name.

This week's 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 people suspected of planning terror attacks.

The attack came days after a series of terrorist strikes in the country, including suicide bombings in three churches on Sunday in Surabaya city, the provincial capital of East Java and a suicide bombing at the police headquarters in the city, which left at least 25 people dead and dozens injured.

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The driver of the van then attempted to the flee the scene, hitting and killing one police officer, he added.

The men crashed their auto into a number of police officers, who were on guard at the entrance of the Police headquarters, reported Indonesian news agency Antara.

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

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The bombing followed separate attacks on three churches, also carried out by one family, in the same city.

All six bombers were killed, including the mother who was Indonesia's first known female suicide bomber.

The police shot two of them, Doddy said.

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"They were better organised.and suggests a higher level of capacity than what we have seen in recent years", said Sidney Jones, director of Jakarta-based Institute of Policy Analysis for Conflict. In the ensuing chaos, at least two suspected terrorists, both wearing balaclavas, were spotted getting out of the vehicle wielding sharp weapons and attacking police officers.

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