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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 10 December 2018

Suspected militant shot dead after stabbing Indonesian policemen in mosque

The attacker had just finished praying with several policemen and other worshippers on Friday night when he stabbed the two officers and screamed 'Infidel', said Indonesia's national police spokesman.

An Indonesian policeman keeps watch around the scene of the stabbing attack that targeted police inside a Jakarta mosque on June 30, 2017. Antara Foto / Sigid Kurniawan / Reuters
An Indonesian policeman keeps watch around the scene of the stabbing attack that targeted police inside a Jakarta mosque on June 30, 2017. Antara Foto / Sigid Kurniawan / Reuters

JAKARTA // Indonesian police have shot dead a suspected militant after he stabbed two policemen inside a mosque near the national police headquarters in Jakarta, less than a week after an Islamist attack on security forces.

The attacker had just finished praying with several policemen and other worshippers on Friday night when he stabbed the two officers and screamed "Infidel", said national police spokesman Rikwanto.

The perpetrator immediately ran to a nearby crowded bus terminal and refused to surrender.

"He instead threatened to attack [us] with a bayonet. After warning shots were fired, he was killed on the spot," Rikwanto said.

The two police officers were stabbed in the neck and face and are being treated at a local hospital.

The motive and identity of the attacker are still being examined, police spokesman Setyo Wasisto said on Saturday.

Since January last year, Indonesia has been hit by a string of low level attacks carried out by ISIL sympathisers that have mostly targeting the police.

The incident on Friday was the second attack on police this week.

On Sunday, two alleged ISIL militants attacked the police headquarters in North Sumatra province, killing a policeman. In May, three police officers were killed in twin suicide bombings at a Jakarta bus station.

* Agence France-Presse