IS involved in assault on police headquarters in Riau, Indonesia

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Four men armed with samurai swords and firearms have attacked a police station in the Indonesian island of Sumatra, killing one officer and wounding two others before being shot dead by security forces.

The perpetrators in the sword attack on the police headquarters of Indonesia's Riau province on Wednesday have links with the Islamic State (IS), a police officer said.

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

According to Channel NewsAsia, at least one of the attackers was wielding a sword and wounded two officers, while another allegedly had a bomb strapped to his body.

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"Four have been shot to death and one fled", said spokesman Setyo Wasisto.

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

He said the men had driven their vehicle into the police yard before getting out to stage the attack.

In a message carried on its Amaq news agency, Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attacks in Surabaya.

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The coordinated church attack was a sign local extremist groups were becoming more proficient, and stirs concerns about an uptick in extremism as hundreds of Indonesians who flocked to fight alongside Islamic State in the Middle East return home. Both groups have pledged allegiance to IS, they said.

Police have said the church and earlier police station attacks were motivated by the arrest of JAD leaders, including jailed radical Aman Abdurrahman.

Then on Monday in Surabaya, a family of five targeted a police station - four of them were killed but an eight-year-old girl survived.

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