5 injured in sword attack at Indonesia church

On alert Several police officers are on guard in front of the Bhayangkara Police Hospital in Yogyakarta where suspected church attacker Suliyono was treated for gunshot wounds. Suliyono was taken to Jakarta on Feb.13 for further questioning

On alert Several police officers are on guard in front of the Bhayangkara Police Hospital in Yogyakarta where suspected church attacker Suliyono was treated for gunshot wounds. Suliyono was taken to Jakarta on Feb.13 for further questioning

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.

About 100 people were at St Lidwina Church in Sleman, Yogyakarta province, when a man wielding a metre-long blade burst in and began lashing out at worshippers.

A patrolling police officer ran into the church and tried to negotiate with the attacker.

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).

The victims included the pastor of the church, according to police officials.

"Everybody started panicking and screaming".

He said that when the police arrived, they fired a warning shot but the attacker refused to surrender.

The city, located about 500km south-east of Jakarta, is regarded as the cultural heart of Java, Indonesia's main island.

Churches are a common target for Islamic militants in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation. In November that year, a small girl was killed in a Molotov cocktail attack at a church in Kalimantan that injured three other children.

Muslim-majority Indonesia has seen a surge in religious tensions during recent years, with hardline Muslims calling for a nationwide implementation of Sharia law. The reason for the attack Sunday morning was not immediately clear.

"It is very heartbreaking".

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