Six injured in Indonesia police station suicide bomb attack

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Six people have been wounded in Indonesia after a suicide bomber blew up himself at a police station on Wednesday.

The incident occurred around 8:45 am local time (0145 GMT) at the police compound in Medan on Sumatra island during morning roll call. 

Giving details on the explosion, the National Police Spokesperson, Dedi Prasetyo told reporters in Jakarta that the attacker is suspected to have acted alone.

“For now, we believe he was a lone wolf.”

“The anti-terror squad and forensics unit are still examining the crime scene,” he continued. 

At least six people were wounded in the blast, including four officers and two civilians, but their injuries were not severe, Prasetyo said. 

The attacker who was identified as a 24-year-old student wore an explosive device on his body, however, the kind of bomb used was not indicated. 

CCTV footage showed the attacker entering the compound wearing a uniform worn by drivers of a popular ride-hailing service. 

Police couldn’t immediately confirm the motive for the attack, however police stations have been frequently targeted in the country which has long struggled with Islamist militancy. 

In August, authorities shot and arrested a militant who attacked officers at a station in Indonesia’s second-biggest city Surabaya,  

In June another suicide bomber was seriously hurt after he tried to blow himself up outside a police building on Java island. 

Last month, the country’s leader Joko Widodo ordered beefed-up security measures after two militants from an Islamic State-linked terror group stabbed his chief security minister who survived the attack. 

The pair were later identified as members of Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), an extremist network loyal to IS and responsible for several previous attacks. 




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