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10 at Mass Hurt After Sword Attack

November 29, 1999|Associated Press

LONDON — A naked sword-wielding man burst into a south London church Sunday during Mass, attacking members of the congregation. Ten people were injured, three seriously.

One man lost part of a hand. The others were hurt in the stampede to get out of St. Andrew's Roman Catholic Church in a London suburb.

Several men in the 400-member congregation, including an off-duty police officer who armed himself with an organ pipe, wrestled the man to the ground as he lashed out with the 3-foot gold and silver sword, witnesses said.

Police arrested the 35-year-old man; the motive for the attack was not clear.

The attack happened moments before a group of children was to return to the Mass from an adjoining hall.

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