INDONESIA: An 18-year-old Muslim carrying a symbol indicating support for the Islamic State has been arrested after a failed attempt to detonate a bomb in a crowded church in Indonesia.
The man ran towards the alter during Sunday Mass at the Roman Catholic St. Joseph Church. However, the bomb he had been carrying in the backpack did not explode, national police spokesman Major General Boy Rafli Amar told AP.
However, when the bomb did not detonate, the Muslim man took an ax from his backpack, and attacked 60-year-old priest Albert Pandiangan, AP reported.
The Indonesian priest’s hand was slightly injured in the attack, and the assailant was restrained by the congregation.
Police are now interrogating the 18-year-old attacker, who told them he had accomplices, AP reported citing national police spokesman Amar.
Indonesia is the world’s most populous Muslim nation, but has been hit by violent militant attacks since the 2002 Bali bombings that left over 200 people dead.
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