Church security guards injured
Numerous ambulances and special police units arrived at the scene of the accident. A spokesman for the national police said two suspects tried to get through the gate of the cathedral in the city of Makassar on a motorcycle. Security forces stopped them. The service was over and visitors had come from the church, he said. Among the injured were three church security guards, and according to the local police chief, several people were attending the church service.
Ten percent Christians in Muslim country
The exact background of the attack was initially unknown. An Indonesian Muslim council condemned the attack as a heinous act that violated the principles of any religion. A Christian association called on members to stay calm and not be afraid. Of the approximately 270 million inhabitants of Indonesia, almost 87 percent are Muslims and around ten percent are Christians.