A preacher and two members of the congregation were injured in a stabbing at a church in Birmingham after they were attacked by a man with a knife.
Minister Kevin Hutchinson told the Birmingham Mail that about 150 people were taking part in the New Jerusalem Apostolic Church’s Sunday service when “a man with a knife stormed into our sanctuary”.
He said the attacker was challenged at the door by ushers and restrained.
He told the paper: “He drew out a large kitchen knife and was restrained by a number of members, about three.
“Three members were injured and were taken to hospital.
“The men in the church were able to restrain him until the police and paramedics came.”
In a statement on its Twitter and Facebook pages, the church said: “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. The following individuals were injured – Elder Karl George, Adam Brooks and Jorge George. No injuries were life threatening.
“At this time we are restricting hospital visits to family only and we will keep you updated as regularly as possible.
“We would like to thank all of our members and friends that were with us this morning for your cooperation, bravery and support and thank everyone else for your prayers.”
Elder George is a senior leader at the church and delivers sermons.
SOURCE: The Telegraph