Catholic priest survives machete attack in India

Blow misses his head but both of his hands were injured

June 21, 2016
A Catholic priest remains in hospital after being attacked by an unknown man armed with a machete in the northeastern Indian state of Assam on June 19.

Father Sushil John Soren from the Bhairabkunda parish under Tezpur Diocese is in hospital following the attack which occurred as he returned from holding night prayers at the parish's boys hostel, reported the Hindustan Times.

"A stranger followed him for some time and attacked Father Soren with a machete. He ducked to save his head but received serious wounds on both hands," said Bishop Michael Akasius Toppo of Tezpur.

Alerted by Father Soren's cries, boys from the hostel and staff rushed to his assistance, causing the attacker to flee the scene.

Father Soren's hands were operated on in the hospital and he is in a stable condition, the newspaper reported.

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