Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Multiple Deaths in Riau Police Station Attack

Multiple Deaths in Riau Police Station Attack

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

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

Doddy said the police shot and killed both perpetrators.

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 spate of attacks by militants left at least 28 people dead with dozens more injured.

On Sunday, coordinated suicide bombings at three churches carried out by a family of six claimed 12 lives in Surabaya, the country's second-largest city. Their mother was injured.

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A suicide bombing was also reported at the city's police headquarters on Monday when bike-borne attackers blew themselves up at the checkpoint to the precinct.

According to reports from journalists at the scene, who were covering another story right before the attack, a white Toyota Avanza smashed into the outer fence of the police headquarters.

"They had the same teacher and they regularly met for Koran recital every week", said East Java police chief Machfud Arifin.

Police suspect they were carried out by a cell of the Islamic State-inspired group Jemaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), an umbrella organisation on a US State Department terrorist list that has allegedly drawn hundreds of Indonesian sympathisers of Islamic State.

"They were better organised".

"The one who escaped has been captured and secured at Pekanbaru police station", Mr Wasisto said.

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