Muslim-majority Indonesia has seen a surge in religious tensions and violence against Christians during recent years, with devout Muslims calling for nationwide implementation of Sharia law. Churches and Christians are a common target for Islamic militants there.
Yahoo News According to the spokesman, the terrorist had been shot in the stomach by police, while the condition of the wounded victims is still unknown. The police are currently investigating the ‘motives’ of the Muslim terrorist, who is believed to be a university student.(Motive is a 5-letter word: ISLAM)
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.
The priest was struck in the back of the head and several others were injured before the terrorist started hacking at a statue of Jesus and Mary.
Local police detective Fendi Timur said counterterrorism police would be involved in the investigation.
Video shows people in the church throwing books at the man as he lunged toward them with his sword. Witnesses and police said the injured included a police officer who tried to subdue the attacker and the 81-year-old priest Karl Edmund Prier, a longtime resident of Indonesia.
They suffered back, neck and head wounds and are in stable condition. The suspect, identified only as Suliyono, was hospitalized.
A patrolling police officer ran into the church and tried to negotiate with the terrorist. Police said the terrorist charged at the officer, who shot and injured him.
Yos Bintoro, a priest from the attacked St. Lidwina Church, said it condemns the assault but urged people not to overreact online. “We oppose any movement that denies the diversity and the unity of our nation,” he said.