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Sword-attacker shot after wounding four

Sword-attacker shot after wounding four

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.

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

"We haven't found leads to terrorism yet and it doesn't seem to be terrorism", he said, adding that police also had found no evidence the attack was religiously motivated against members of Indonesia's small Christian minority.

Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim majority country, is known for its long tradition of religious tolerance and embracing different faiths.

He said: Everybody started panicking and screaming. The 22-year-old attacker decapitated statues of Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary during the incident, photos showed. Among them was a German-born priest who had been leading the service and who had lived in Indonesia for decades, according to a fellow priest, Dwi Harsanto.

He said that when the police arrived, they fired a warning shot but the attacker refused to surrender.

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Police are investigating the man's motives, while he is recovering at a hospital. "The officer then shot him below his stomach, but he managed to injure the cop before being subdued", Cahyo said.

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

It was later revealed by police that the man only received visits by members of his congregation and gave them his blessings.

Indonesia is home to significant numbers of Christians, Hindus and Buddhists. In August 2016, a knife-wielding assailant attacked a priest, also during Sunday service, at the St Joseph Catholic church in Medan, North Sumatra.

On Christmas Eve 2000 the al-Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiyah group staged coordinated bombings of churches in Jakarta and eight other cities which killed 18 people and injured many more.


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