Police ready to charge two in St. Lucia attack

CASTRIES, St. Lucia -- Police here were preparing to charge two suspects with murder and attempted murder following their alleged rampage in a Castries cathedral that left two dead and dozens injured Dec. 31.

The two men are suspected of attacking and setting fire to churchgoers during a New Year's Eve service in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

According to local authorities, the suspects told police they were Rastafarian prophets working against corruption in the Roman Catholic church.

St. Lucia is an independent nation and a member of the British Commonweath, located in the Windward Islands. It is home to several upscale vacation resorts and is a frequent port call for many cruise ships.

It was unclear whether the attack would have any impact on tourism; officials stressed that the rampage was an isolated incident.

The St. Lucia Tourist Board did not immediatley return phone calls from Travel Weekly.

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