Three killed in police station attack
SUSPECTED militants carrying swords and a bomb have attacked a police station on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, as Islamists continue to wage war against the south-east Asian nation.
Authorities shot dead three people after the attempted attack on Pekanbaru police station, while one police officer was killed.
One of the dead was suspected to have a bomb strapped to their body.
Indonesian authorities said they shot and killed three "alleged terrorists" who staged the attack that also left several police wounded, the local police chief said.
The group slammed a minivan into a gate and then attacked officers with swords.
"Three officers were injured and one later died in hospital," said local police chief Nandang, who goes by one name, AFP reported.
The attack comes after a wave of attacks on police in Java and the bombing of several Christian Churches.
On Monday, a family of suicide bombers - including an eight-year-old girl - waged terrorist attacks in Indonesia using pipe bombs made from a chemical dubbed the "Mother of Satan".
Graphic pictures of the dead suspected terrorists who attacked Pekanbaru police station began appearing on social media shortly after news of the incident broke.
Pekanbaru police station is located in Riau province in the centre of Sumatra.
According to The Jakarta Post, a white Toyota van drove up to the police station's gates at round 9am local time (12pm AEST).
A number of men jumped out of the van and attacked a police officer before police shot them dead.
A spokeswoman for Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop said the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade was monitoring the situation closely. DFAT advice to Australians travelling to Indonesia remains at level two of four at this stage, recommending travellers 'exercise a high degree of caution' when they visit the country. Earlier today, Ms Bishop said if she had a trip planned to Bali at the moment she would still go. But the Minister urged Australians travelling to Indonesia to check the latest alerts on the Smart Traveller website. "We encourage people to take responsibility for their own safety. There is a lot of advice set out in the Smart Traveller travel warning and I do urge anyone seeking to travel to Indonesia to read it," she said. "People should take care not to be in places where there might be terrorist attacks, to read the advice, to take notice of what local authorities say and to register (with DFAT via Smarttraveller) so the Australian missions overseas know they're in country."