A minister and two parishioners have been injured after a knife-wielding man barged into a church in Aston, Birmingham, in the middle of the morning service on Sept. 10 and started attacking people.
In an update posted on social media, New Jerusalem Apostolic Church confirmed that three of its members were injured in the knife attack. However, the Aston church said the victims did not sustain any life-threatening injuries, although hospital visits had been restricted to family members only, The Independent relayed.
"Following the incident at New J this morning, we would like to give you the following update. Three members of our congregation were injured following a knife attack all of whom have been taken to hospital," New Jerusalem said in its statement. "The following individuals were injured - Elder Karl George, Adam Brooks and Jorge George. No injuries were life threatening."
Minister Kevin Hutchinson told Birmingham Mail that there were 150 congregants inside the church when the knife attack happened. He added that the ushers were able to restrain the assailant until the police and paramedics arrived.
John Delahaye, 47, was arrested by police after the incident. He has already been charged with attempted murder, wounding, and possession of a bladed weapon. West Midlands Police said the stabbing was believed to have stemmed from personal issues and was not an act of terror.
Meanwhile, the BBC reported that the three victims have already been released from the hospital after being treated for their injuries on the neck, arms, and upper body. Delahaye, on the other hand, is set to face the Birmingham Crown Court on Oct. 9.
New Jerusalem Apostolic Church described the stabbing incident as "an isolated event" and said it was not linked with terrorism or gangs. Nevertheless, the church is reportedly reviewing its security in light of what happened on that day.