Attacker slashes churchgoers with sword, injuring 5 in Indonesia

Police officers investigate inside St Lidwina Church in Sleman following an attack there

Beijing police said they had detained a man over the early afternoon attack at the Joy City Mall in Xidan district.

A man carrying a sword struck a church congregation on Sunday in Yogyakarta province of Indonesia, wounding at least four people before police shot him, a police officer told Xinhua by phone.

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 can not determine the perpetrator's motive", Yogyakarta police spokesman Yulianto said.

A 22-year-old man armed with a sword or machete attacked members of the congregation at St Lidwina Church. A young man holding a sharp weapon was chasing him.

He said: Everybody started panicking and screaming.

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

'After the warning shot was sacked, the attacked charged toward the officer with his sword. But he somehow managed to injure the officer before being subdued, Mr Cahyo added.

The victims were taken to Panti Rapih hospital for treatment.

The suspect and the five others who were wounded at the St. Lidwina Church in Slemen regency were being treated at local hospitals for non-life threatening injuries on Sunday evening (Jakarta time).

But members of the small Christian minority have been targeted in recent attacks by militants and in religiously-fueled campaigns by conservative groups from the Muslim majority. Indonesia is also home to significant numbers of Christians, Hindus and Buddhists.

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