JAKARTA – Indonesian police foiled an attack on Friday on a North Jakarta police station by shooting a man who attacked a police officer with a machete and a butcher knife, officials said.
The attack on the police station in Penjaringan took place in the early hours of Friday, and left the officer with injuries to his hands, the police said in a statement.
The assailant was shot in the arm by police before being taken into custody.
The antiterrorism squad was investigating possible links with radical groups, although Penjaringan police chief Rachmat Sumekar said that the attacker suffered from severe depression and was looking to kill himself by being shot at by the police in the attack.
Rachmat added in the statement that the attacker, who allegedly shouted “Allahu Akbar” (“God is great” in Arabic) as he attacked, had a lymphatic disease relapse and was unemployed.
Indonesia, where Muslims account for 88 percent of the 260-million strong population, has seen several Islamist terror attacks, including one on the popular tourist resort island of Bali in 2002 that claimed 202 lives.
In the last few years new radical groups linked to the Islamic State are responsible for the most recent attacks including the Surabaya attack in May which was carried out by two families including children that left nearly 20 dead.