On August 30, during a Sunday service in one of Berlin’s churches, an unknown man attacked the priest and knocked him down. After that, he demonstratively tore up the Holy Scriptures and hit one of the parishioners with it, who was trying to protect the priest.
According to police, the incident took place at St. Joseph’s Church in Wedding, known for its “harsh” past.
During the Second World War, it was here that one of the first secret tunnels appeared, through which people fled from East Berlin.
According to eyewitnesses, at first the man spent some time at mass and behaved quietly, but at some point he suddenly spat in front of him, jumped up and resolutely went to the altar, shouting anti-religious slogans.
Approaching the 61-year-old minister, the malefactor hit him with his fist, after which he grabbed the Bible and began to rip the pages out of it.
One of the parishioners, a 56-year-old man who tried to help the priest, was also hit.
After that, the unknown person hastily ran out of the church and disappeared. The victims received minor injuries and required medical attention.
At the moment, law enforcement officers are establishing the exact circumstances of the incident and are trying to identify the identity of the attacker.