Kappalenthi Mary’s Church in Karusal, Mannar was attacked by a group throwing stones, reports Uthayan.
Stones were thrown into the Church during evening prayers on Friday and fire crackers were reportedly lit in an attempt to further disrupt worship. The bishop delivering mass is believed to have sustained minor injuries from the attack.
Two young worshippers who went outside to check on the commotion were also assaulted by the attackers.
TNA MP for Vanni S Adaikalanathan said of the incident,
“Because there are Tamils and Muslims living in this area, this attack carried out by thugs had the potential to spark mass riots in the village.”
“To prevent this happening, the perpetrators of today’s attack should be arrested and brought to justice immediately,”
“Harmony between Tamils and Muslims must be maintained. In this respect, the TNA severely condemn this assault.”