ISIS Jihadi, tries to set off homemade backpack bomb in church on Indonesian island of Sumatra, Sunday
Axe-wielding ISIS jihadi, stabs Catholic priest, tries to blow up hundreds of worshippers during Mass at St Yoseph Church in Medan
Device fails and members of the congregation wrestle the axe from his grasp.
Priest Albert Pandiangan, 60, slashed on his arm, taken to hospital after 18-year-old fanatic attacks him with axe
Congregation overpower, detain suspect, bloodied suspect taken into custody by police who find ID card and picture of ISIS flag in suspect’s bag
Scenes outsideSt Yoseph Church where suspected ‘terror’ attack occurred
Arrested: Bloodied Jihadi bloodied he held up by a cop at the police station
An ISIS suicide bomber today attacked a Catholic priest with an axe as he tried to blow up hundreds of worshippers at a church during Sunday Mass.
Priest Albert Pandiangan, 60, was holding the holy ceremony at the altar when the 18-year-old fanatic rushed towards him with a backpack bomb and tried to blow himself up.
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But the bomb burned without setting off the explosives, so the jihadi pulled an axe from his bag and slashed the priest’s arm at St Yoseph Church in Medan, the capital of North Sumatra in Indonesia.
video of scenes outside church where suspected ‘terror’ attack occurred
An ISIS suicide bomber today attacked a Catholic priest with an axe as he tried to blow up hundreds of worshippers at a church during Sunday Mass
Father Albert Pandiangan (in white) was attacked by axe-weilding 18-year-old during Sunday mass
Father Albert Pandiangan holding his blod soaked arm
Hundreds of people could have been killed if the bomb had gone off inside the church in Indonesia but the device failed and members of the congregation wrestled the axe from his grasp.
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Churchgoers on Sunday quickly caught the attacker and called the police.
The congregation then stepped in and managed to wrestle the axe from his grasp, detaining him until the police arrived. An eyewitness, Markus Harianto Manullan, said the assailant wore a jacket and carried a bag.
‘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,’ Manullan said.
As officers marched the suspect to the car, pictures show his white trousers soaked in blood.
Unconcious congregant carried out by fellow parishioners
Attack foiled, shirtless ISIS jihadi in bloodied white pants is led away by police
Police found his ID card and a hand-drawn picture of the ISIS flag. The young fanatic also told police that he was not working alone. He was later pictured at the police station with an officer holding his bloody head off the ground, where he was lying handcuffed.
Police are still investigating the man’s motive.