The Brazil Area Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a statement after a knife attack during a church service left several injured:
“We are saddened to report that this morning (Sunday, December 2nd) a man entered a chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Goiânia, Brazil during a worship service and threatened the congregation with multiple knives. Four members of the congregation and the attacker were injured during the incident. All are receiving medical care, and police have arrested the attacker. Inquiries about the details of the attack should be addressed to police. The Church is providing support to those who were present during the incident, and we are praying for all involved.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been recognized in Brazil since 1930, and there are more than 1.5 million members of the faith throughout the nation.”
Deseret News provided more information about the attack:
Globo.com reported that the man entered the chapel in the Aparecida de Goiânia area with two knives. A police spokesman said members of the congregation ran.
The man stabbed at least two worshipers and apparently hit two others.