Four attackers armed with samurai swords attacked a police station in western Indonesia this morning, killing a police officer.

The four men who attacked the Indonesian police – were shot dead on Wednesday (May 16).

The driver of the van tried to escape from the scene of the incident, hitting a policeman, killing him.

He was later found and detained, and the police found a van nearby and searched for explosives.

Authorities said, days after a wave of deadly suicide bombings claimed by the Islamic State (IS) militant group rocked the country.

The assault in the city of Pekanbaru on Sumatra island – also claimed by IS – saw a group ram their minivan into a gate at the station and then attack officers, police said.

This is the latest in a series of attacks in Indonesia lately. On Sunday, a radicalized family committed three suicide bombings on three Christian churches in eastern Java, killing ten people and wounding 40.

Later the same day in the explosion were killed a mother and her little daughter in a residential complex, and the father who detonated the explosive was killed by the police.

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.

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