0518 GMT February 21, 2019
National police spokesman Setyo Wasisto said the men attacked officers after driving a minivan into Riau Province’s police headquarters, AP reported.
He said a fifth man, who drove the vehicle, was arrested trying to escape. One officer, who was hit by the minivan, died and two were injured.
“When the car broke through into the Riau police headquarters, it was blocked by policemen,” Wasisto told a televised news conference. “Then four of the men got out from the car and attacked police.”
The Daesh terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement carried by its Aamaq news agency.
Suicide bombings on Sunday and Monday in Surabaya, Indonesia’s second-largest city, killed 26 people, including 13 attackers. Two families carried out the attacks, using children as young as 7.
Daesh also claimed responsibility for the Surabaya attacks. The key figure in the attacks was the head of the Surabaya cell of a network of Indonesian extremists who have aligned themselves with Daesh.
Riau police said they were looking for a sixth man they believe was connected to Wednesday’s police station attack.
Wasisto identified the group as “members of a Daesh-affiliated group of NII.” He was referring to Negara Islam Indonesia, also known as Darul Islam.
Earlier this month, six officers at a high-security detention center on the outskirts of Jakarta, Indonesia’s capital, were killed by militant inmates who took control of part of the prison and held hostages until being overwhelmed by police.
The flurry of attacks, and the tactic of using children as suicide bombers, has shocked Indonesians, who fear that Daesh has inspired a new wave of violent extremism in the country of more than 260 million.
Indonesia’s deadliest terror attack was in 2002 on the tourist island of Bali when nightclub bombings killed 202 people, mostly foreigners.