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Jakarta Post

Investigation into Yogyakarta church attack starts

  • Bambang Muryanto

    The Jakarta Post

Yogyakarta   /   Mon, February 12, 2018   /   07:55 pm
Investigation into Yogyakarta church attack starts Police officers examine the crime scene at St. Lidwina Church in Sleman regency, Yogyakarta, on Sunday after churchgoers were attacked during Mass on Sunday morning. (Antara/Andreas Fitri Atmoko)

A police investigation into Suliyono, the sole suspect in an attack at St. Lidwina Catholic church in Sleman regency, Yogyakarta, started on Monday with the interrogation of the suspect.

The police shot the 23-year-old suspect in the leg to immobilize him after he allegedly attacked churchgoers with a sword during Mass at the church on Sunday morning.

The National Police’s counterterrorism squad Densus 88 would also be involved in the investigation, Yogyakarta Police chief Brig. Gen. Ahmad Dofiri said.

Yogyakarta Police questioned 11 witnesses to the incident and are looking into the activities of Suliyono, who hails from Banyuwangi, East Java, prior to the attack.

One priest, three churchgoers and one policeman were injured in the incident. Statues of Mary and Jesus inside the church were also defaced.

Suliyono was immobilized when Gamping Police officer First Adj. Insp. Al Munir shot him in the leg.

The police met with several mass organizations in Yogyakarta to disseminate information about the incident after vague information spread through social media.

“[To prevent] Yogyakarta residents from being provoked,” Ahmad said. (rin)