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Failed ISIS Bomber: Priest

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August 29, 2016
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A teenage male carrying a drawing of the ISIS flag was arrested on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia, after stabbing a Catholic priest. He was also carrying a backpack full of explosives, which failed to detonate.Priest Albert Pandiangan was giving mass in the city of Medan, Indonesia, when he was approached by a young man who stabbed the priest in his left arm.[caption id="attachment_7892" align="aligncenter" width="962"]


Source: Lana Priatna / Barcroft Media[/caption][caption id="attachment_7893" align="aligncenter" width="962"]


Source: Lana Priatna / Barcroft Media[/caption]The priest was later photographed with his bloody arm, only mildly injured. The suspect's ID card was found in the church, along with a crude drawing of the Islamic State flag.The young man was attempting to set off a backpack filled with explosives but failed. He then ran to the priest and pulled out a sharp weapon, which he used to stab the priest. The fast-moving congregation then fought with the young man and detained him until police arrived.[caption id="attachment_7894" align="aligncenter" width="470"]


Source: Twitter[/caption]

Failed Suicide Bomber Had ISIS Flag

The officers took him out of the church and dragged him to waiting police cars. Images show the young man wearing bloody white underwear and with a face damaged by beatings.


The explosives he was carrying would have had a catastrophic effect if they had been detonated inside of the small church. The death toll would have likely been two or three dozen.


The young terrorist told police he was not working alone. The man's ID card, now being circulated on the internet, showed that he was, in fact, a registered Muslim.[caption id="attachment_7895" align="aligncenter" width="615"]


Source: Twitter[/caption]Suicide attacks in Indonesia are not uncommon. An attack in the capital in January killed four attackers and four civilians and injured 19. In July, an Islamic-State inspired bomber blew himself up outside of a police station in the city of Java."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," said one eyewitness.ISIS-inspired attacks are becoming the new norm in modern terrorism, with hundreds of lives claimed in attacks as far-reaching as France, Belgium, Turkey, Indonesia, California and Florida in the last two years.

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