Published: Sun, February 11, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Indonesian cops shoot man during church sword attack

Indonesian cops shoot man during church sword attack

Indonesian police shot and wounded a man wielding a one-meter-long sword who attacked a Catholic Church service Sunday, seriously injuring four, including a priest, and decapitating a statue of Jesus.

"The incident took place between 7 to 7.30 a.m.", he said.

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

Congregation member Andhi Cahyo was quoted as saying that soon after the service started, a fellow member whose head was bleeding ran into the church chased by the assailant.

He said that when the police arrived, they fired a warning shot but the attacker refused to surrender. The officer then shot him below his stomach, but he managed to injure the cop before being subdued.

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Extremists in Indonesia have mounted a series of attacks against Christians and other minorities.

Police shot the man, who was taken to a hospital.

People in the church were pursued by the assailant while they were running out through the door.

District police chief Muhammad Firman Lukmanul Hakim said the suspect, who suffered gunshot wounds to his legs, is being held at Bhayangkara Hospital, where he is also being treated.

On Christmas Eve 2000 the al Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiyah group carried out coordinated bombings of churches in Jakarta and eight other cities which killed 18 people and injured scores of others.

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