Bishop and congregants stabbed during livestreamed sermon in Sydney

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15th April 2024 – (Sydney) A bishop and several congregants were stabbed during a sermon at Christ The Good Shepherd Church in Wakeley, a suburb of the city. The attack, which was captured during a livestream event on Monday evening, prompted immediate police intervention and led to the arrest of a man involved in the disturbance.

The assailant, whose identity has not been disclosed, was reportedly decked in dark clothing and interrupted the service by approaching Bishop Mar Mari Emmanuel and apparently striking him. The shocking scene unfolded as other attendees tried to subdue the attacker while screams echoed through the church, all caught on the livestream.

Authorities promptly responded to the distress calls, confirming that the injuries sustained were not life-threatening. The injured, all male, ranged in age from 20 to 70 years. They are currently receiving medical treatment, as stated by the New South Wales police.

While the motive behind the attack remains unclear, the police have detained the suspect who is currently assisting with the investigation. Details about the weapon used have not been immediately released.

This violent occurrence comes just days after another tragic event in Sydney, where six individuals were fatally attacked at a local shopping mall. Despite the proximity in timing, officials have indicated that there appears to be no connection between the two incidents.

The local community and church members have been left shaken by the event, with authorities requesting the public to avoid the area as investigations continue. The incident has also raised concerns about security at places of worship, particularly during events that are broadcast online.

The church has not yet released an official statement regarding the attack or the condition of Bishop Emmanuel and the other injured parties.