One police officer killed in sword attack on Sumatra Island
A police officer has been killed in an attack on a police outpost on Indonesia's Sumatra Island Wednesday.
Five men in a van drove up to the front gate of the outpost of the city of Riau and immediately jumped out and began attacking police with a samurai sword.
Four of the men were shot and killed by police, while the fifth suspect was caught as he tried to escape the scene. At least one journalist who was at the outpost to cover a scheduled event was injured.
Wednesday's attack happened two days after a family of six suicide bombers, including teens and children, targeted three churches, killing at least 13 people and wounding 41 others in Surabaya, Indonesia's second largest city. A day later, a family of five carried out a suicide bombing attack on a police headquarters in Surabaya that left 10 people wounded, including four policemen and six civilians.
Islamic State has claimed responsibility for both attacks.
The string of attacks comes as Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country, welcomes the first day of Ramadhan.
Malaysian Politician Anwar Ibrahim Released from Prison
After three years in prison, Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim is now a free man after receiving a royal pardon.
The 70-year-old Anwar walked out of a hospital in Kuala Lumpur Wednesday where he was receiving treatment for a shoulder injury, and headed for a meeting with King Sultan Muhammad V.
Anwar was convicted in 2015 on charges of corruption and sodomy that were widely denounced as politically motivated. He served as deputy prime minister and finance minister under newly-elected Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad during the latter's first tenure as leader, and was seen as Mahathir's heir-apparent until he was fired in 1999.
The two men reconciled and joined forces to form the Alliance of Hope opposition party that scored an upset victory in last week's parliamentary elections, ousting Prime Minister Najib Razak and his Barisan Nasional coalition, which ruled Malaysia uninterrupted for over six decades.
The election made the 92-year-old Mahathir, who ruled Malaysia with an iron fist from 1981 to 2003, the world's oldest elected leader. He says he will run the government for two years before turning over the reins to Anwar. Anwar must first be re-elected to parliament before he can succeed Mahathir.