A Greek Orthodox priest threw acid into the faces of seven bishops in Athens, police reported on Wednesday.

The attack took place after the bishops had decided on disciplinary measures against the priest for alleged drug trafficking.

The bishops suffered injuries from a corrosive liquid on their skin and in their eyes, but doctors at the hospital where the bishops were taken said that the injuries were not life-threatening.

A spokesperson for Greece's Orthodox Church told German news agency dpa that it is believed the perpetrator used sulphuric acid. The attack came after the announcement of the priest's punishment.

A police officer was also injured in the fray. The 37-year-old priest was arrested and will face a judge on Thursday, Greek news channel ERT reported.

Read more: Deutsche Welle