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Man with Sword Attacks Church in Yogyakarta, Injures Four

11 February 2018

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.

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

The victims included the pastor of the church, according to police officials.

Worshipper Andhi Cahyo said a few minutes after the service started, a congregation member ran in with a bleeding head while he was chased by a young man holding a sharp weapon.

Church security tried to prevent the attacker from entering the church, but he forced his way in, police officials told CNN Indonesia. "I was scrambling to save my wife and children", Cahyo said.

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

He charged at one of the officers with his sword and was shot.

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.

Police are investigating the case, trying to find out the motive of the strike and the network linked with the man.

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

Man with Sword Attacks Church in Yogyakarta, Injures Four