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One killed in attack on Catholic church in Tanzania

05/05/13 23:16 CET

A suspected bomb attack on a new Catholic church in the mainly Christian north of Tanzania, possibly a petrol bomb thrown through a window, has killed at least one person and injured 57, some critically.

The papal envoy to Tanzania was present at the time in the Arusha church near Mount Kilimanjaro. Archbishop Francisco Montecillo Padilla was unhurt in the attack.

If the attack is confirmed it will represent an escalation in religious violence in the East African country after two Christian leaders were killed on the mostly Muslim Tanzanian island of Zanzibar earlier this year. There have also been attacks on Muslim leaders and mosques.

Police say one man has been arrested.

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