Dutch Priest Among Four Injured in St. Lidwina Church Attack

ICC Note: An 81-year-old Dutch priest was among the victims of a sword attack at St. Lidwina Church, Yogyakarta on February 11. A radicalized college student went on a rampage during Mass and injured four with a samurai sword. He was shot by police and apprehended at the scene. Thankfully Father Prier and the other victims are in stable condition.

02/13/2018 Indonesia (UCA News) – A young Muslim man armed with a sword was shot by police after he attacked an 81-year-old Dutch priest and three others during Sunday Mass in Indonesia.

Suliyono, 22, entered St. Lidwina Church in Yogyakarta as Catholics were singing a hymn during Mass led by Jesuit Father Karl-Edmund Prier.

Yulianto, a Yogyakarta police spokesman, said Suliyono entered from the western church door and then began attacking with his sword. “The first victim was a church official who was hacked on his back,” Yulianto told ucanews.com.

The policeman said Suliyono then moved to the altar where he attacked Father Prier.

“He hacked at the head and back of the priest,” Yulianto said.

In the video that went viral on social media, the perpetrator was seen swinging a sword in front of the altar. Some people were seen throwing rocks or chairs towards him.

Suliyono also attacked and damaged statues of Jesus and the Virgin Mary.

Yulianto said that Suliyono attempted to resist arrest and was shot by police in the thigh.

Father Prier and the other victims are in a stable condition.

A day after the attack, national police chief Tito Karnavian said there are strong indications that Suliyono, a university student, has links with radical groups.

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