Samurai Sword-Wielding Terrorists Storm Indonesian Police Station
Four Islamic terrorists in Indonesia attacked a police station this morning with samurai swords, the AFP reports.
All four of the attackers were shot and killed, and an Indonesian police officer was killed as well. The attack took place in Pekanbaru, a city on the island of Sumatra.
This latest attack comes just days after the country experienced “a wave” of suicide bombing attacks which have left the people of Indonesia on edge, just as Ramadan begins.
Both the suicide bombings and the samurai sword attacks were claimed by Islamic State-linked groups.
In the wake of these attacks, foreign governments have issued several travel advisories to Indonesia.
As the worlds most populous Muslim-majority country, the island nation has been fighting against Islamic extremism for some time. Most of the terrorists in Indonesia are home-grown and the attacks are limited in scope, however, in 2002 a bomb was detonated in Bali which left 200 people dead.
Indonesians are putting pressure on lawmakers to pass new police reform legislation which would grant security forces more power to conduct pre-emptive raids against suspected terrorists. Later this year Indonesia will host an IMF-World Bank meeting, and the country is slated to host the 2018 Asian games in August. This will be Indonesia’s first time hosting the games since 1962.