Police shoot man during sword attack on Indonesian church

Associated Press – February 11, 2018

SLEMAN, Indonesia –  Police in Indonesia shot a sword-wielding man who attacked a church congregation during Sunday Mass, injuring four people, including a German priest.

The reason for the attack Sunday morning in Sleman district in Yogyakarta province was not immediately clear. The 22-year-old attacker decapitated statues of Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary during the incident, photos showed.

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

Local police detective Fendi Timur said counterterrorism police would be involved in the investigation.

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