JAKARTA – Four assailants and a police officer were killed and three people were wounded on Wednesday in an attack on a police station in western Indonesia, days after a series of attacks and explosions that claimed the lives of 26 people in the country.
The attackers rammed their vehicle into the gate of a police station in the city of Pekanbaru on the island of Sumatra, killing a police official, national police spokesman Setyo Wasisto said in a press conference broadcast on television.
The attackers then got out of the vehicle and tried to kill other police officers with swords before being shot dead by the police, the spokesperson added.
Wasisto said one of the attackers fled the scene before being arrested, and that a journalist present at the incident site was wounded.
The police seized three swords, masks and clothing belonging to the assailants.
Earlier this week, the Islamic State terror group claimed bombings in Surabaya on Sunday against three Christian churches which were carried out by a family of six, including children, and an attack on Monday against a police headquarters carried out by a family of five, including a girl who survived.
On Sunday night a bomb also exploded in a family home in Surabaya on Java island.
This is the first time that families have carried out attacks using their children in Indonesia.
Indonesia, where 88 percent of its 260 million inhabitants are Muslim, has witnessed several extremist attacks in the last two decades, including one in 2002 on the island of Bali, which killed 202 people.