SAN ANTONIO (AP) More than half a dozen people died when a car crashed into a church Sunday, in what state officials called an attack of “domestic terrorism.”
The crash happened at about 1:30 p.m. local time in Caracas, according to a statement from state emergency service authorities.
The crash is under investigation by the national police.
It is the third fatal accident at a Venezuelan church in the past two weeks, including a car crash in the capital on March 31 and a crash in Carabobo, the state capital, on Sunday.
The state’s governor, who was not identified in the statement, said the driver was arrested.
“It is very hard to believe this is an attack on a Christian church,” said Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza.
“But it is possible.”
The attack has raised concerns that Venezuela’s Christian minority has been targeted by violent groups that have attacked and killed people for political or religious reasons.
More:More:The attack comes as Venezuelans continue to grapple with a worsening humanitarian crisis, with a record number of deaths in the worst year since a 1998-1999 civil war that ended in a U.N.-brokered peace accord.
The crisis is likely to continue, particularly after the country’s new president, Nicolas Maduro, called a state of emergency last week to try to quell the unrest.