IS involved in assault on police headquarters in Riau, Indonesia

A security vehicle drives along a road after an attack at the Riau police headquarters in Pekanbaru Sumatra

The four men used samurai swords to attack officers at Riau police headquarters in Pekanbaru, Sumatra, national police spokesman Setyo Wasisto said.

State news agency Antara said two journalists who had been at the police headquarters were also hurt in the attack. "Suddenly people wearing masks got out and stabbed police officers at the scene", said Doddy Vladimir, Tribun Pekanbaru reporter.

Media said one attacker may have had a bomb strapped to his body but police did not immediately confirm the reports.

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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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.

In the ensuing chaos, at least two suspected terrorists, both wearing balaclavas, were spotted getting out of the auto wielding sharp weapons and attacking police officers.

Most attacks in recent years have been limited to low-level operations against domestic security forces.

It comes after a series of suicide attacks carried out by families that have shocked the country.

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On Monday, a suicide bomb attack outside a police building, carried out by one family and claimed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group, killed at least 10 people.

The next day, militants attacked Surabaya city police headquarters.

The church and earlier police station attacks were likely motivated by the arrest of JAD leaders, authorities said.

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