Officer and four attackers dead in Indonesia police station assault

Four attackers armed with samurai swords targeted a police station in western Indonesia on Wednesday morning killing at least one officer police said

Four samurai sword-wielding men were shot dead by Indonesian police on Wednesday after they attacked a police headquarters on the island of Sumatra.

The men had driven their vehicle into the police yard before getting out to stage the attack, Setyo Wasisto, national police spokesman, told a briefing.

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

One of the dead men had a suspected bomb strapped to his body, the report said.

The attack comes after a series of suicide bombings, also claimed by IS, which targeted churches and a police building in Surabaya - Indonesia's second-biggest city, over the past few days.

The attackers were members of the Negara Islam Indonesia (NII) which is affiliated with the IS group, the spokesman said.

Yet another suspected terrorist attack occurred in Indonesia this morning - the first since the explosions in five sites in East Java on Sunday and Monday - this time the target being the Riau Provincial Police headquarters in the Riau capital of Pekanbaru.

This week's attacks are the worst in the world's biggest Muslim-majority country since the bombing of tourist-packed restaurants in Bali in 2005.

Police in Indonesia have raided several houses and killed several people in a nationwide hunt for more possible bombers.

The coordinated church attack was a sign local extremist groups are becoming more proficient, and it stirs concerns about an uptick in radicalism as hundreds of Indonesians who flocked to fight alongside IS in the Middle East return home.

Local police initially said they had killed three people and wounded another.

The church bombing family were in the same religious study group as the two other families linked to the attacks, police said.

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