INDONESIA: Muslim savage tries to kill Catholic priest but is foiled by churchgoers

2016_08_28_10659_1472378188._largeA suspected Islamic State (ISIS) Muslim jihadi allegedly attempted to kill Rev. Albertus Pandiangan (right) at  St. Yosep Catholic Church in Medan with an axe and a knife, but his attempt was foiled by churchgoers who restrained him before he could inflict further injuries on the priest.

The Jakarta Post (h/t BarbaraR)  The priest, 60, was wounded on his left arm after he was slashed with a knife when he was reading the Bible during Sunday Mass.

Indonesian police arrest blindfolded suspect

Indonesian police arrest blindfolded suspect

The police said the attempt to kill the priest was carried out after the suspect set off a homemade bomb. The alleged perpetrator, identified as Ivan Armadi Hasugian, 18, came to the church at 8 a.m. for Sunday Mass. He reportedly sat among the congregation and detonated his homemade bomb, but the explosion was small and only he was injured.

Muslim terrorist stripped of his bloody clothes at police station

Muslim terrorist stripped of his bloody clothes at police station

North Sumatra Police spokesperson Rina Sari Ginting said Sunday that witnesses saw the suspect assemble the bomb in the church and saw him get up from his seat. Smoke was said to have billowed from his backpack and a small explosion ensued.

 Members of the St. Yosep Catholic Church congregation gather on Jl. Dr. Mansyur after a small explosion and murder attempt of a priest took place inside during Sunday Mass on Aug. 28

Members of the St. Yosep Catholic Church congregation gather on Jl. Dr. Mansyur after a small explosion and murder attempt of a priest took place inside during Sunday Mass on Aug. 28

 “Afterward, the perpetrator ran toward the priest, wielding an axe and knife. He attacked  the priest, who was wounded on left arm,” Rina told The Jakarta Post.

Rina said the churchgoers quickly restrained him. The police then took the suspect to the North Sumatra Police.

“We’re questioning him,” she said. The police have confiscated from the suspect an ID belonging to Ivan, a piece of paper with the IS symbol drawn on it, a motorcycle and the axe and knife used in the attack. 

An ID and piece of paper featuring the Islamic State symbol confiscated by Medan Police from attacker

An ID card and Islamic State symbol confiscated by Medan Police from attacker

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