Knife-Wielding Man Injures Four Church-Goers in Indonesia
Feb 12 2018
Police said the man was a university student in his early 20s but could not confirm if the incident was terror-related.
The knife attack in Beijing took place in a busy mall, while the one in Indonesia took place during a church service.
A sword-wielding attacker wounded four churchgoers in the Indonesian city of Yogyakarta yesterday before being shot and wounded by police who said they could not immediately confirm whether it was a terrorism-related incident.
The assault took place during the Sunday mass in Sleman district in the southern Indonesian province of Yogyakarta.
The attack injured at least four people, including a police officer who tried to help the priest against the attack, according to police.
"Everybody started panicking and screaming".
In this photograph shot through a glass window, police investigators examine the interior of St. Lidwina Church in Yogyakarta province, Indonesia, following an attack by a sword-wielding man during Sunday Mass, Feb. 11, 2018. "I was scrambling to save my wife and children", he said.
"When he entered, the Mass service had just begun, so all of the congregants were focused on prayers and the priest was at the altar", said Andhi Cahyo, a congregant.
Police arrived and fired a warning shot into the air to subdue the perpetrator, who refused to surrender. The officer then shot him below his stomach, but he managed to injure the cop before being subdued.
All the injured people have been rushed into a nearby hospital for medical treatments, police said.
The suspect, who survived, was being held at a hospital where he was being treated.
But members of the small Christian minority have been targeted in recent attacks by militants and in religiously-fueled campaigns by conservative groups from the Muslim majority.