Saturday, 20 October, 2018

Man attacks Indonesian church with sword, injures 4

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A man wielding a sword attacked several churchgoers on Sunday (Feb 11) in the city of Yogyakarta, injuring a German priest and three others, including a police officer, as reported by Channel News Asia.

A 22-year-old man armed with a sword or machete attacked members of the congregation at St Lidwina Church.

Church security tried to prevent the attacker from entering the church, but he forced his way in, police officials told CNN Indonesia.

The man was shot and wounded by police and taken to hospital following the attack on the island of Java.

They suffered back, neck, and head wounds and are in stable condition.

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According to reports, the suspect also damaged statues of the Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ, as well as destroyed some books in the church. The officer then shot him below his stomach, but he managed to injure the cop before being subdued, ' said Andhi Cahyo, a congregation member.

"Everybody started panicking and screaming. I was scrambling to save my wife and children", Cahyo said.

Churches are a common target for Islamic militants in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation.

Three months later, a church in Samarinda, East Kalimantan, was struck by a homemade bomb which injured four people. The protests contributed to his losing last year's gubernatorial election and being convicted and sentenced to two years in prison on a blasphemy charge. The reason for the attack Sunday morning was not immediately clear.

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