3 killed in Indonesia Police HQ attack

Militant shot dead in attack on police HQ in Indonesia's Riau province

Three militants launched a strike on the police headquarters in Riau province of Indonesia on Wednesday and one attacker was shot dead, national police spokesman Muhammad Iqbal said.

Authorities shot dead three people after the attempted attack on Pekanbaru police station, while one police officer was killed.

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

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 attack comes as the Southeast Asian nation has been rocked by a series of deadly attacks on churches and a police station, involving multiple suicide bombings carried out by families, including young children.

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The men crashed their vehicle into a number of police officers, who were on guard at the entrance of the Police headquarters, reported Indonesian news agency Antara. "We encourage people to take responsibility for their own safety".

Indonesia's security forces have arrested hundreds of militants during a sustained crackdown that smashed some networks, and most recent attacks have been low-level and targeted domestic security forces.

But on Sunday, a family of six - including girls aged nine and 12 - staged suicide bombings of three churches during morning services in Surabaya, killing 13.

Members of the police's bomb squad have been deployed at the scene. In the ensuing chaos, at least two suspected terrorists, both wearing balaclavas, were spotted getting out of the auto wielding sharp weapons and attacking police officers.

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

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