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

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

Previously Police chief of Riau province Inspector General Nandang said that a total of eight militants with a white minivan staged the attacks.

The attackers were members of the Negara Islam Indonesia (NII) which is affiliated with the IS group, the spokesman said.

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

The attacks have put Indonesia on edge - and sparked a string of foreign government travel advisories - as the world's biggest Muslim-majority country starts the holy fasting month of Ramadan from Thursday.

The incident also left an officer dead and two others wounded.

Four perpetrators were killed and one more was detained as he attempted to escape.

The driver managed to flee the scene and escape on foot into nearby residential buildings, though police say they have captured one assailant alive.

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Police have been frequent targets of mostly low-level attacks by local militants, including a 2017 suicide bombing at a bus station in Jakarta that killed three police officers.

The bloody violence is putting pressure on Indonesia's parliament to pass a stalled security law that would give police more power to take pre-emptive action against terror suspects.

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

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.

But, the country now faces a new threat, in part from from IS fighters who have come home after combat in Syria.

The radical group supports Islamic State, whose ambitions have been reined in after losing most of the land it once occupied in Iraq and Syria.

They followed a deadly prison riot staged by Islamist prisoners at a high-security jail near Jakarta last week.

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