An advocate for human rights of Christians and religious minorities fears a new trend may be starting in Indonesia, where worshipers at a church were attacked on Sunday by a man with a samurai sword.
International Christian Concern (ICC) reports that a 22-year-old student injured four people, including a priest at a Catholic church in Yogyakarta. ICC's Gina Goh says this type of "lone wolf" attack is not the first of its kind, and she recalls a similar incident that happened in August 2016.
"In Indonesia, where Islam is the majority, unfortunately, recently, especially after the rise of Islamic State, a lot of people started to be 'inspired' by the videos, so they started to have hostility towards Christians," Goh explains.
Her organization is concerned that these assaults could become more common.
"The rise of radicalism is definitely worrisome in Indonesia because it wasn't like this before,” Goh says. “But this time -- I actually just returned from a trip to Indonesia -- I have heard from people saying that the radicalism is gradually seeping into Indonesia."
She says Christians there are hoping the government can do its part to stop the violent radicalism from spreading.