One dead, six injured in suspected suicide bombing at Indonesia police station

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A suspected suicide bombing outside a police station in Indonesia has left at least one attacker dead and six other people wounded, authorities said Wednesday.

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

“We suspect this is a suicide bombing with one attacker killed,” national police spokesman Dedi Prasetyo told reporters in Jakarta.

He said at least six people were wounded, including four officers and two civilians, but that their injuries were not severe.

An AFP reporter at the scene saw a body lying on the ground outside the station.

The motive for the attack was not immediately known. But police stations have been frequent targets for radicals in the world’s biggest Muslim majority nation, which has long struggled with extremist militancy.

In August, authorities shot and arrested a militant who attacked officers at a station in Indonesia’s second-biggest city Surabaya, while in June another was seriously wounded when 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 ISIS-linked terror group stabbed his chief security minister. He survived the attack.

The pair were later identified as members of Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), an extremist network loyal to ISIS and responsible for several previous attacks -- including deadly suicide bombings at churches in Surabaya last year.