Indonesian police shoots man amid church attack

Indonesian police shoots man amid church attack

A knife-wielding man has attacked church-goers at a Catholic church service in the Indonesian city of Yogyakarta, injuring 4 people, before being shot by the police, a Yogyakarta police spokesman said.

The assault occurred during the Sunday's mass in St Lidwina Bedhog Trihanggo church of Sleman district in the province, said the police officer who is in charge of the police station in Gamping sub-district where the incident took place.

People in the church were pursued by the assailant while they were running out through the door.

The police have not been able to determine a motive, and are not sure if the attack was an act of terror.

Police arrived soon after the attack and fired a warning shot but the attacker refused to surrender.

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Police said the attacker charged at the officer, who shot and injured him.

The incident sparked fears of a terrorist attack on the church, but police said investigations were ongoing, and they have not determined the reason for the attack.

All four people hurt in the attack, including the parish head, Father Karl-Edmund Prier, were taken to hospital, where they were treated for their injuries.

Extremists have carried out a series of attacks against Christians and other minorities in the mainly Muslim country.

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