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Attacker obsessed with DAESH leader

A police line is set as Indonesian policemen conduct a police reconstruction on an attack at the Roman Catholic Saint Joseph Church in Medan on Aug 29. (AFP)
A police line is set as Indonesian policemen conduct a police reconstruction on an attack at the Roman Catholic Saint Joseph Church in Medan on Aug 29. (AFP)

JAKARTA, Aug 29, (RTRS): A knife-wielding Indonesian teen who tried to attack a priest at a church during a Sunday service was “obsessed” with extremist group Islamic State, a senior minister said on Monday.

Indonesian authorities are increasingly worried about a resurgence in radicalism in the world’s largest Muslim-majority country, driven in part by a new generation of jihadis inspired by Islamic State (IS). “From the cellphone that was seized by security forces, this youth was obsessed with Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi,” Chief Security Minister Wiranto told reporters, referring to the leader of the Middle Eastern militant group.

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