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World :: Four samurai sword attackers shot dead in Indonesia

Four men who attacked a police station with samurai swords in Indonesia have been shot dead, authorities say.

The group began the assault by ramming a car into the police headquarters in the town of Pekanbaru in Riau province.

A police officer was killed and one of the assailants arrested. The Islamic State (IS) group has claimed the attack via its news outlet.

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

Police blame a local IS-inspired group, Jemaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), for the attacks in the city of Surabaya.

Indonesia is the world's most populous Muslim-majority country.

Following the 2002 Bali bombings, it had been widely praised for its sustained anti-terrorism crackdown.

It managed a combination of arrests and killings, alongside a de-radicalisation program that focused on changing minds and providing alternative incomes for released terrorists.

But, the country now faces a new threat, in part from from IS fighters who have come home after combat in Syria.

Four days of violence

    On Sunday, a husband and wife and their four children died when they attacked three churches
    in the city of Surabaya, killing 18 people and injuring more than 40

    Also on Sunday in nearby Sidoarjo, three people died in a bomb blast in a flat located near
    a police station

    In West Java police said they killed four suspected members of JAD and arrested two others

    Then on Monday in Surabaya, a family of five targeted a police station - four of them were killed
    but an eight-year-old girl survived.