Indonesia: Suicide attack at a church averted, attempted beheading of the priest foiled

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A teenage adherent of terror group Islamic State attempted to behead a priest as he tried to blow himself up in an attempted suicide attack at Saint Yoseph Church in Medan, Sumatra. Miraculously, the explosives did not set off, which would kill hundreds of congregants who had gathered at the church to attend Sunday service.

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While briefing the media, a Medan police spokesperson stated: “A terrorism act was carried out Sunday morning at the Saint Joseph Catholic Church. Police are interrogating the perpetrator and will search his house for any bomb-making materials.”

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It was further confirmed that the attacker was apprehended by churchgoers before he could attack the priest or set off the explosives. As a result of the valor of the churchgoers; the 18-year-old attacker was caught who sustained slight injuries. He was, purportedly sitting inside the church among the congregants before launching the attack.

In compliance with an international news agency the attacker was carrying a backpack explosive while he assaulted a 60-year-old priest Albert Pandiangan. Miraculously, his explosives failed to go off; befuddles by the failure he pull out an axe from the bag, and slash the priest’s arm. One eye witness stated: “There was a small explosion like fireworks and he also took out a knife as he ran toward the priest.”

“He sat in the same row as I did. I saw him fiddling with something in his jacket, and then I heard a small explosion and he immediately ran to the podium,” Markus Harianto Manullan another eye witness said.

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