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India: police make arrests for gang-violence damage in church

Catholic World News - September 08, 2011

Police have arrested ten members of an armed gang for damage done to a church in the southern Kerela state, as well as for attacks on nearby homes.

Father Santhosh Yohannnan, procurator of the Quilon diocese, told CWN that the attack on Our Lady of Vailankanni was the fallout of a gang war. When some local youths ran into the church, they were chased by masked members of an armed rival gang. A confessional was damaged, but—contrary to previous published reports—the church was not deliberately desecrated.

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