Militants kill three police in Indonesia

Suspected militants killed three police officers in Indonesia early Wednesday in apparent retaliation for the arrest and killing of members of their group, police said.

Twelve men surrounded a police station at Hamparan Perak, in Deli Serdang district of Sumatra island, and opened fire around 12:45 am (1745 GMT Tuesday), police spokesman Iskandar Hasan said.

“Three policemen were killed. It was a sudden attack and our officers weren’t ready,” he said.

Police believe the assailants were linked to a group targeted in a series of raids on Sunday, which resulted in the deaths of three alleged militants and the arrest of 15 others.

The group are suspected of killing a police officer in a spectacular bank robbery in Medan city last month to raise funds for terrorist attacks.

Police said 15 militants managed to escape Sunday’s raids and remain at large.