Man storms Indonesian church with sword, injures 5 people

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Indonesian police shot and wounded a man wielding a one-meter-long sword who attacked a Catholic Church service Sunday, seriously injuring four, including a priest, and decapitating a statue of Jesus.

A 22-year-old man armed with a sword or machete attacked members of the congregation at St Lidwina Church.

"We haven't found leads to terrorism yet and it doesn't seem to be terrorism", he said, adding that police also had found no evidence the attack was religiously motivated against members of Indonesia's small Christian minority.

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

The motive behind the Sunday attack was not immediately clear; however, churches are regarded as a common target for extremist groups.

The suspect, identified only as Suliyono, was hospitalized.

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They suffered back, neck, and head wounds and are in stable condition. "The officer then shot him below his stomach, but he managed to injure the cop before being subdued", Cahyo said.

"Everybody started panicking and screaming".

The church lies near the provincial capital of Yogyakarta, which is located on Java island and known as the City of Education because of its rich concentration of universities and cultural institutions.

Churches have been commonly targeted by militants in Indonesia.

Muslim-majority Indonesia has seen a surge in religious tensions during recent years, with hardline Muslims calling for a nationwide implementation of Sharia law.

"It is very heartbreaking".

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