Indonesian police secure their headquarters in Medan on Nov. 13 following a suicide attack. (Photo: Rahmad Suryadi/AFP)
A suspected suicide bomber attacked police headquarters in the Indonesian city of Medan on Nov. 13, killing himself and injuring six others including four policemen.
The attack took place around 8.40am local time in the car park just after a police morning briefing.
“The blast killed one man, the perpetrator,” North Sumatra police spokesman Tatan Dirsan Atmaja told reporters.
He said the attacker forced his way into the police compound wearing a jacket usually worn by package delivery drivers and carried a bag.
"When police tried to stop him, he rushed into the parking area, where the bomb went off," he said.
Five policemen and a civilian were reportedly injured while several cars were damaged in the blast.
Television footage showed smoke and a shower of fragments coming from the parking area and people rushing out of police buildings after the blast.
National police spokesman Brig. Gen. Dedi Prasetyo later said that the attack was carried out by a one attacker but police were trying to determine whether he was a “lone wolf” or whether a militant group was behind the attack.
He called for Indonesian people to be vigilant and said security at police stations would be stepped up across the country, especially ones that have been targeted by terrorists in the past.
Islamic State-inspired militant group Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD) is one such group that has targeted police in a series of attacks in recent years.