Bengaluru, Dec 27 (PTI) The Maharashtra police has sought assistance from its Karnataka counterparts to nab the people behind the attack during a Sunday mass in Kolhapur district two days ahead of Christmas.Also Read - Why Some States Witness Rise in COVID Cases Again? Lockdown Relaxation Main Reason, Says Centre

The police had identified five members of a radical group that attacked the gathering at New Life Church in Kowad village — around 475 km from Mumbai — and said they hailed from Belagavi district of Karnataka, which is on the border between the two states. Also Read - After Kerala, Another Southern State Witnesses Steep Spike In Covid Cases

“The superintendent of police and additional SP of Kolhapur district had visited us yesterday (Wednesday) and sought assistance in connection with the church-attack. We have assured them of all support to bring the attackers to book,” Belagavi City Commissioner D C Rajappa told PTI. Also Read - Around 46 Monkeys Poisoned to Death in Karnataka's Hassan

Around 15-20 masked men, armed with swords, iron rods and glass bottles, had barged in and attacked a group of approximate 40 people. Twelve people were injured when the group pelted stones at those attending the prayer meet.

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