Attacker slashes churchgoers with sword, injuring 5 in Indonesia

Attacker slashes churchgoers with sword, injuring 5 in Indonesia

While attacking a crowded church in Sleman district in Yogyakarta province, Indonesia, with a sword causing the injuring of four people, a man was shot down by the police.

The police have not been able to determine a motive, and are not sure if the attack was an act of terror.

He also destroyed icons of Jesus and the Virgin Mary during the attack, which lasted about 15 minutes before police arrived at the scene.

He said: Everybody started panicking and screaming.

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

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The man was shot and wounded by police and taken to hospital following the attack on the island of Java.

Police said the attacker charged at the officer, who shot and injured him.

The attack injured at least four people, including a police officer who tried to help the priest against the attack, according to police.

The man is undergoing treatment at Bhayangkara Hospital and has yet to be questioned by police.

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. 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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