A suspected terror attack reportedly occurred at a church in Indonesia, after a man attacked a priest with a knife during a Sunday service, with no serious casualties, according to police.
Indonesian police were investigating a suspected terror attack by a knife-wielding assailant on a priest during the Sunday service at a church, and a bomb squad had been deployed to determine whether the attacker’s backpack contained explosives.
There were no serious casualties, though the priest and his attacker suffered minor injuries, according to police in Medan city, northern Sumatra.
“A terrorist act was carried out on Sunday morning at the Saint Joseph catholic church,” said Rina Sari Ginting, spokeswoman for Medan police in a statement. “Police are interrogating the perpetrator… and will search his house for any bomb-making materials.”
A witness present in the church told Reuters the attacker had sat with other worshippers before running toward the priest.
“There was a small explosion like fireworks and he also took out a knife as he ran toward the priest,” said Timbas Ginting.
A bomb squad was sent to the site to check whether the assailant was carrying explosives, in case the attack was a failed suicide bomb attempt.