Police shoot man during attack in Indonesian church

A screenshot of footage showing a man with a sword in the Yogyakarta church yesterday (ABC News)

A priest and several churchgoers were seriously injured at a Mass in Indonesia yesterday after they were attacked by a man wielding a sword. Source: Yahoo7 News.

Around 100 people were attending the service in the town of Sleman in Yogyakarta province on Java island when a man barged in wielding a one-metre-long sword and began attacking terror-stricken people, seemingly indiscriminately.

"Four people have been injured in the incident – quite seriously – but we still cannot determine the perpetrator's motive," Yogyakarta police spokesman Yulianto told AFP.

Extremists in the world's most populous Muslim-majority country have mounted a series of attacks against Christians and other minorities.

A few minutes after the service started, a congregation member bleeding from a head wound ran into the church chased by a young man holding a sharp weapon, said worshipper Andhi Cahyo.

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

People fled through another door as the attacker ran amok inside the church.

He destroyed some books and a Virgin Mary statue with his sword, Mr Cahyo said, and attacked 81-year-German priest Fr Edmund Prier who was standing at the altar.

Fr Prier, who has been living in Indonesia for decades, is now an Indonesian citizen.

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

"After the warning shot was fired, the attacker charged towards the officer with his sword. The officer then shot him below his stomach, but he managed to injure the policeman before being subdued," Mr Cahyo said.

All victims have been taken to hospital for treatment. Police said the man was a university student in his early 20s but could not confirm if the incident was related to terrorism.

"For now we cannot conclude this is related to terrorism. We need to dig out more details and question the perpetrator," said spokesman Yulianto.

The man was being treated at Bhayangkara hospital and could not questioned, Yulianto said.


Police shoot man during sword attack at Indonesian church (Yahoo7 News)


Several churchgoers and priest injured in machete attack on Catholic Church in Yogyakarta, Indonesia (ABC News)

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