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Indonesian cops shoot man during church sword attack

Indonesian cops shoot man during church sword attack

The assault took place during the Sunday mass in Sleman district in the southern Indonesian province of Yogyakarta.

Police officers stand guard outside St. Lidwina Church following an attack in Sleman, Yogyakarta province, Indonesia, Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018.

"Everybody started panicking and screaming".

Indonesia is an officially secular country and has the world's largest population of Muslims, as well as sizeable minorities of Christians, Hindus, and those who adhere to traditional faiths. "I was scrambling to save my wife and children", Cahyo told AFP.

The incident sparked fears of a terrorist attack on the church, but police said investigations were ongoing, and they have not determined the reason for the attack. The 22-year-old attacker decapitated statues of Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary during the incident, photos showed.

Apart from the priest, who was identified as Romo Karl Edmund Prier, 80, a German missionary who has lived in Indonesia since 1964, three of the other injured people were churchgoers.




Police arrived soon after the attack and fired a warning shot but the attacker refused to surrender.

'After the warning shot was sacked, the attacked charged toward the officer with his sword.

Police are investigating the man's motives, while he is recovering at a hospital.

The policeman who wounded the attacker with two shots to the legs was injured by the man with the Samurai-like sword as the officer intervened to stop the attack, officials said.

"For now we can not conclude this is related to terrorism".

The man was now being treated at Bhayangkara hospital and could not questioned, Yulianto said. In August 2016, a knife-wielding assailant attacked a priest, also during Sunday service, at the St Joseph Catholic church in Medan, North Sumatra.


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