Indonesian policeman killed in IS-claimed attack

03-Jun-2020 Intellasia | AFP | 6:02 AM Print This Post

A sword-wielding militant killed an Indonesian policeman and critically injured another on Monday, authorities said, in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group.

The attacker was shot dead during the early morning raid at a police post in South Daha district on KalimantanIndonesia’s section of Borneo island.

The militantidentified as a 19-year-old local named Abdurrahmaninitially set a car on fire outside the police post, South Hulu Sungai police chief Dedy Eka Jaya told AFP.

Indonesian police displayed items allegedly linked to the fatal attack by a sword-wielding militant on a policeman (AFP)

Indonesian police displayed items allegedly linked to the fatal attack by a sword-wielding militant on a policeman (AFP)

“When it exploded, one of the officers came outside to check and that’s when the initial attack started,” Jaya said.

“One police officer was killed and the attacker also died,” he added.

Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation, has long struggled with Islamist militancy and is home to dozens of radical groups that have pledged loyalty to Islamic State’s violent ideology.

IS claimed credit for the fatal attack on its website.

“One of the soldiers of the Caliphate attacked a station for the apostate Indonesian police in the Kalimantan area, which led to killing… and burning a vehicle, and unto Allah is all praise,” the group said.

Images from the scene showed an apparently deceased man lying on his back inside the police station.

Authorities said they confiscated his sword, a Koran, a handwritten letter calling for jihad and a flag bearing the “tauhid”which expresses the belief in Allah as the one and only god.

Images of the black and white-lettered flag showed it resembled one commonly used by IS followers.

Monday’s incident happened on a public holiday that celebrates the Southeast Asian archipelago’s pluralist democracy, and many past attacks have been against police and other state symbols.

In April, a couple with links to Islamic State went on trial for a failed assassination attempt on Indonesia’s former chief security minister last year.

The pair were allegedly members Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), an IS-linked extremist group responsible for a string of attacks, including suicide bombings at churches in Indonesia’s second-biggest city Surabaya in 2018 that killed a dozen people.

In November, an IS-linked suicide bomber killed himself and wounded six others in a police station attack on Sumatra island.

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