Four sword-wielding men shot dead after attacking police headquarters and killing officer in Indonesia

Indonesian police shot dead four sword-wielding men who attacked a police headquarters in Sumatra, killing one officer today, the latest in a spate of militant attacks across the Muslim-majority country.

National police spokesman Setyo Wasisto said the men attacked officers after driving a minivan into Riau province's police headquarters.

He said a fifth man, who drove the vehicle, was arrested trying to escape. One officer, who was hit by the minivan, died and two were injured.

"When the car broke through into the Riau police headquarters, it was blocked by policemen," Wasisto told a televised news conference. "Then four of the men got out from the car and attacked police."

Suicide bombings Sunday and Monday in Surabaya, Indonesia's second-largest city, killed 26 people, including 13 attackers. Two families carried out the attacks, using children as young as 7.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the Surabaya attacks in statements carried by its Aamaq news agency. The key figure in the attacks was the head of the Surabaya cell of a network of Indonesian extremists who have aligned themselves with IS.

Riau police said they were looking for a sixth man they believe was connected to Wednesday's police station attack.

An officer inspects a minivan used in the attack at the regional police headquarters in Pekanbaru, Riau province, Indonesia, Wednesday, May 16, 2018.
An officer inspects a minivan used in the attack at the regional police headquarters in Pekanbaru, Riau province, Indonesia, Wednesday, May 16, 2018. Source: Associated Press


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American 'drug courier' appears in court after up to $1.3m of cocaine allegedly found hidden in suitcase at Auckland Airport

An American national has appeared in an Auckland court today on drug charges after arriving on a flight from Thailand allegedly with up to $1.3 million worth of cocaine hidden in his suitcase.

Customs says the 46-year-old arrived at Auckland Airport on a flight from Thailand last night.

He was arrested after a detailed examination of his baggage led to the discovery of around three kilograms of cocaine hidden in a false bottom suitcase, Customs said in a statement this afternoon.

The cocaine has an estimated street value of between $874,000 and $1.3 million.

The man appeared in the Manukau District Court today charged with importing and possession for supply of a class A drug.

He faces a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.

Customs' acting manager investigations, Michael Blades, says the arrest is a testament to the work of customs officers and pre-screening that includes the use of technology and passenger information to identify high-risk passengers. 

"In this instance, we received good intelligence that assisted our frontline customs officers to successfully identify the passenger as a drug courier," Mr Blades said.

"Cocaine causes serious effects including anxiety, paranoia and depression and while this seizure suggests there is a market for cocaine, Customs is committed to preventing it and any other drugs from getting past our border and onto our streets," he said.

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Inside Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding

In just three days Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle will be wed at St George’s Chapel in Windsor.

Millions are expected to tune in across the world to watch the big event live.

Here’s all you need to know about the wedding.

The late night viewing will proceed accordingly for New Zealand audiences on May 19-20:

- 11pm NZT (midday for them): The wedding service will being at St George's Chapel in Windsor with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rt Hon Justin Welby, officiating as Prince Harry and Ms Markle make their vows.

- Midnight NZT: the newly married couple will take a carriage procession along a route from St George's Chapel through the city of Windsor.

At this point, public access to the royal couple will end, but their own private celebrations will not.

Following the service, there will be a reception at St George's Hall for the couple and guests form the congregation. The couple will join this on return from the carriage procession.

Later that evening Charles, the Prince of Wales, will give a private evening reception for the couple and their close friends and family.

Kensington Palace says they will be revealing further details about the wedding day in the coming months.
 

Europe correspondent Joy Reid takes a tour through St George’s Chapel in Windsor. Source: 1 NEWS