Suicide attack on Indonesian police station, officer injured

Latest Update: July 5, 2016 | 214 Views

JAKARTA: A suicide bomber riding a motorbike attacked a police station in the Indonesian city of Solo on Tuesday, leaving one officer injured, an official said.

The attacker forced his way into the yard of the station in the city on Java island at 7:35am (0035 GMT), said national police spokesman Boy Rafli Amar.

“He argued that he wanted to go to the canteen. He forced his way in using a motorbike and blew himself up,” the spokesman told television station Metro TV.

“The information is the perpetrator died.”

According to initial information, a member of the police was injured, he added.

TV footage showed a limited amount of damage on the street and a partially destroyed motorcycle, AP reported.

In January, a suicide bombing and gun attack in Jakarta left four civilians and four attackers dead, the first major attack in Indonesia for seven years.

Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation, has suffered several militant attacks in the past 15 years, including the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people.

A crackdown had weakened the most dangerous networks, but the emergence of the militant Islamic State (IS) group has proved a potent new rallying cry for radicals.

Hundreds of Indonesians have travelled to the Middle East to join the militants, stoking fears that extremist groups are being revived and more attacks could be on the horizon.



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