(MENAFN - Arab Times) Police are seen outside the Lidwina Catholic Church after a knife-wielding attacker wounded four church-goers in Sleman, Yogyakarta, Indonesia February 11, 2018 - REUTER
JAKARTA, Feb 12, (Agencies): The Indonesian who attacked a church congregation with a sword during Sunday Mass is a radical Islamist who had wanted to fight with the Islamic State group in Syria, police said Monday. A r o u n d 100 people were attending the service at a Catholic church in Y o g y a k a r t a province on Java island when Suliyono, 23, barged in wielding a onemetre- long sword and began attacking terror-stricken people, seemingly indiscriminately. Four people, including 81-year-old German-born priest Edmund Prier who was standing at the altar, were seriously injured. The extremist, who was later shot in the leg after ignoring a police warning shot, also decapitated a Virgin Mary statue with his sword.