Parishioner stabbed in courtyard of ancient Georgian cathedral

March 5, 2018. A man was wounded in a knife attack on Saturday outside the ancient Svetitskhoveli Cathedral in Mtskheta, Georgia, reports News-Georgia.

The incident occurred Saturday afternoon. According to eyewitnesses, the young man was coming out of the church when he was attacked with a knife, receiving several wounds to the neck.

“The parishioner was picked up by two men, they clamped his neck with their hands, but the blood continued to flow. According to doctors, his carotid artery was cut,” one of the witnesses told journalists.

The assailant was arrested at the scene of the crime. The wounded parishioner was hospitalized in severe condition. He and his family are active parishioners, regularly attending services, according to Blagovest-Info.

An investigation is underway according to Article 117 of the Georgian criminal code “Deliberate Infliction of Serious Harm to Health.”