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Suspected IS militant kills policeman in Indonesia

Teenager shot dead after attacking police post with a sword

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Suspected IS militant kills policeman in Indonesia

Police examine a police car set on fire by a suspected Islamic State militant before he attacked three policemen in South Doha, South Kalimantan, on June 1. (Photo supplied)

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A suspected Islamic State-linked militant in Indonesia killed a policeman and critically injured another after attacking a police post armed with a sword.

The suspect was shot dead in the attack in South Daha district in South Kalimantan province.

The attacker, identified as Abdul Rahman, 19, entered the post in the early hours of June 1 and and attacked three policemen on duty, South Kalimantan police spokesman Commissioner Mochamad Rifa’i told reporters.

He killed one officer, badly wounded another and the third was uninjured, Rifa’i said. 

The attacker’s identity card, an Islamic State (IS) flag, a letter calling for jihad and a Quran were found on this body.

Before attacking the policemen, Rahman burned a police patrol car outside the post. He had also given US$130 to his parents to pay for his funeral.

Ahmad Ramadhan, a spokesman at the national police headquarters in Jakarta, said an investigation had been launched into whether Rahman was a lone wolf or linked to established terrorist groups.

He said the attack was a wake-up call for police across Indonesia to tighten security.

Stanislaus Riyanta, an intelligence and security analyst at the University of Indonesia, said the items found on Rahman’s body suggested he was a lone wolf, heavily influenced by Islamic State ideology.

He said such people posed just as big a threat as IS-affiliated groups such as Jamaah Ansharut Daullah (JAD) and East Indonesian Mujahideen (MIT) who often attack police.

“They are more difficult to detect than groups,” he said. “Such attacks will likely increase because militants can see an opportunity as police and the government are busy handling the Covid-19 pandemic.” 

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