'There are no other incidents of entire families blowing themselves up': Three deadly attacks in Indonesia in less than four days 'unprecedented' - but Julie Bishop insists ...

  • There have been three major terror attacks in Indonesia in the past four days  
  • Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop warned Australians to take care if visiting 
  • But she said that she would still go to hotspot Bali if she had a trip planned 

Julie Bishop has said she would still go to Bali if she had a trip planned despite three terror attacks in Indonesia in the last four days.

The country was on Wednesday rocked by another attack as four militants armed with a suicide vest and samurai swords killed a policeman and injured several others following two suicide bombings.

Ms Bishop, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, urged Australians travelling to Indonesia to be cautious and check the latest alerts on the Smart Traveller website. 

Julie Bishop (pictured on Friday) has said she would still go to Bali if she had a trip planned despite three terror attacks in Indonesia in the last four days

Julie Bishop (pictured on Friday) has said she would still go to Bali if she had a trip planned despite three terror attacks in Indonesia in the last four days

She said: 'We encourage people to take responsibility for their own safety. There is a lot of advice set out in the Smart Traveller travel warning and I do urge anyone seeking to travel to Indonesia to read it.

'People should take care not to be in places where there might be terrorist attacks, to read the advice, to take notice of what local authorities say and to register (with DFAT via Smartraveller) so the Australian missions overseas know they're in country.'

This volume of ISIS-inspired attacks in such a short time period has never been seen before, an expert said on Wednesday.

'This is unprecedented in Indonesia, and I don't know of any other terrorist attacks in the world involving entire families blowing themselves up,' said Australian National University Associate Professor and terrorism expert, Greg Fealy.  

The bodies of two attackers who were shot and killed are seen at the entrance of a police station in Pekanbaru, Indonesia on Wednesday (pictured)

The bodies of two attackers who were shot and killed are seen at the entrance of a police station in Pekanbaru, Indonesia on Wednesday (pictured)

Police remove the bodies of attackers who were shot and killed at the entrance of the station   (pictured)

Police remove the bodies of attackers who were shot and killed at the entrance of the station   (pictured)

In Wednesday's attack, the suspected militants slammed a minivan into a gate at Pekanbaru police station on the Indonesian island of Sumatra before attacking officers with swords.

One police officer was killed and several more were wounded before authorities shot dead three alleged terrorists.

The attack follows a string of terror attacks on police officers and several Christian Churches across Indonesia.

On Sunday, a family of six - including girls aged nine and 12 - staged suicide bombings of three churches during morning services in Surabaya, killing 18 including the bombers.

On Monday members of another family blew themselves up at a police station in the city, wounding 10.

'There were five people on two motorbikes. One of them was a little kid,' national police chief Tito Karnavian said. 

'This is one family.' 

An eight-year-old girl from the family survived the attack and was taken to hospital, while her mother, father and two brothers died in the blast, he said. 

Indonesian policemen secure the site outside the police headquarter in Pekanbaru, Riau following attacks on May 16

Indonesian policemen secure the site outside the police headquarter in Pekanbaru, Riau following attacks on May 16

Indonesian policemen examine a car used by attackers outside the police headquarter in Pekanbaru, Riau

Indonesian policemen examine a car used by attackers outside the police headquarter in Pekanbaru, Riau

Indonesian policemen secure the site outside the police headquarter in Pekanbaru

Indonesian policemen secure the site outside the police headquarter in Pekanbaru

Indonesian policemen remove the body of an attacker at the police headquarter

Indonesian policemen remove the body of an attacker at the police headquarter

The suspected militants slammed a minivan into a gate at Pekanbaru police station (pictured) on the Indonesian island of Sumatra before attacking officers with swords on Wednesday

The suspected militants slammed a minivan into a gate at Pekanbaru police station (pictured) on the Indonesian island of Sumatra before attacking officers with swords on Wednesday

The spate of bombings have rocked Indonesia, with the Islamic State group claiming the church attacks and raising fears about its influence in Southeast Asia as its dreams of a Middle Eastern caliphate fade. 

Tourists holidaying in Bali have been told to exercise a high degree of caution following the wave of deadly terror attacks. 

The Australian Government warned tourists there was a heightened risk of terror attacks during the month of Ramadan, which started on Tuesday. 

On Monday, members of another family blew themselves up at a police station in the city, wounding 10

On Monday, members of another family blew themselves up at a police station in the city, wounding 10

'There were five people on two motorbikes. One of them was a little kid,' national police chief Tito Karnavian said. 'This is one family.'

'There were five people on two motorbikes. One of them was a little kid,' national police chief Tito Karnavian said. 'This is one family.'

Firefighters tried to extinguish a blaze following a blast at the Pentecost Church in central Surabaya after suicide bombers attacked three churches 

Firefighters tried to extinguish a blaze following a blast at the Pentecost Church in central Surabaya after suicide bombers attacked three churches 

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