Islamic State claims attack on Indonesian policeman in Riau: Amaq

A security vehicle is driven along a road after an attack at the Riau police headquarters

A security vehicle is driven along a road after an attack at the Riau police headquarters

Earlier, an internal police report said that one of the dead men had a suspected bomb strapped to his body. Two police officers and one local journalist were also injured in the attack.

The attackers targeted officers after ramming a minivan into a gate at the police headquarters in Pekanbaru, the capital of Riau province, local media said on Wednesday.

The suicide bombings, involving families with young children, and an explosion at an apartment where militants were suspected to have been constructing bombs have left around 30 people dead, including 13 suspected perpetrators, police said.

The attacks are the worst in the world's biggest Muslim-majority country since the bombing of tourist-packed restaurants in Bali in 2005.

A white mini van intruded the compound of the police headquarters in Pekanbaru at 9 a.m. but was stopped by other cars, Xinhua news agency reported.

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. No group has yet taken responsibility for the attack.

"They were better organized.and suggest a higher level of capacity than what we have seen in recent years", said Sidney Jones, director of Jakarta-based Institute of Policy Analysis for Conflict. In the ensuing chaos, at least two suspected terrorists, both wearing balaclavas, were spotted getting out of the vehicle wielding sharp weapons and attacking police officers.

"They had the same teacher and they regularly met for Koran recital every week", said East Java police chief Machfud Arifin, adding that police were pursuing the teacher for questioning.

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