A failed suicide-bombing at a church in Indonesia by a teenage jihadi resulted in an injury to the priest in the western island of Sumantra Sunday.
During Sunday mass at the St. Joseph Cathholic church in Medan, a young man who was carrying an Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) flag, pretended to be attending the service when he detonated a home-made explosive device in his backpack. With the pack only smoldering, the man charged the priest with an axe, wounding Father Albert Pandiangan slightly in the hand before he was detained.
questioning, the man reported that he was not working alone.
Since the deadly bombing in Bali that killed 202 people, Indonesia has been racked by attacks by Islamist militants. Most recently, religious minorities have been targeted.
Last month, a suicide bomber from an ISIS-linked terror group detonated himself outside a police station in central Java.
In January, another suicide attack killed four civilians and injured 19. All four perpetrators of that attack were also killed.