3 Chile churches firebombed days before Pope Francis visit

Deputy Interior Secretary Aleuy Mahmud exits the Santa Isabel de Hungria Catholic Church, past a door damaged in an overnight fire bomb attack, in San

Deputy Interior Secretary Aleuy Mahmud exits the Santa Isabel de Hungria Catholic Church, past a door damaged in an overnight fire bomb attack, in San

A church employee surveys the damage caused by an overnight fire bomb attack at the Emmanuel Catholic Church, in Santiago, Chile, Friday, Jan. 12, 201

A church employee surveys the damage caused by an overnight fire bomb attack at the Emmanuel Catholic Church, in Santiago, Chile, Friday, Jan. 12, 201

A woman holds up a leaflet left in an overnight fire bomb attack at the Emmanuel Catholic Church, in Santiago, Chile, Friday, Jan. 12, 2018. Three chu

A woman holds up a leaflet left in an overnight fire bomb attack at the Emmanuel Catholic Church, in Santiago, Chile, Friday, Jan. 12, 2018. Three chu

Deputy Interior Secretary Aleuy Mahmud, center, exits the Santa Isabel de Hungria Catholic Church, past a door damaged in an overnight fire-bomb attac

Deputy Interior Secretary Aleuy Mahmud, center, exits the Santa Isabel de Hungria Catholic Church, past a door damaged in an overnight fire-bomb attac

A church employee walks past a door damaged in an overnight firebomb attack at the Santa Isabel de Hungria Catholic Church, in Santiago, Chile, Friday

A church employee walks past a door damaged in an overnight firebomb attack at the Santa Isabel de Hungria Catholic Church, in Santiago, Chile, Friday

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Authorities in Chile say three Roman Catholic churches have been firebombed days before Pope Francis is set to visit the Andean nation.

The attacks happened overnight in Santiago, the capital and largest city, where the pope will arrive Monday.

They involved hitting the churches with firebombs and then spraying accelerant. In one church, the doors were burned before firefighters extinguished the blaze.

Outside one church, pamphlets were found exhorting the cause of the Mapuche indigenous people and threatening the pope.

They read: "The next bombs will be in your cassock."

Interior Ministry official Mahmud Aleuy called the damage "minor."

A bomb squad was also deployed to an evangelical church, where a barrel of flammable liquid was believed to be inside.

No arrests have been made.