Haiti's military rulers expressed regret over the killing of nine parishioners and fires that burned down two Roman Catholic churches, but two opposition leaders blamed the government for the violence.

Also Tuesday, the church's Radio Soleil reported a militiaman was acquitted in a November 1985 slaying which fueled public outrage that led to the eventual ouster of dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier.A bishop meanwhile demanded justice for victims of the church attacks.

"In the name of Jesus Christ, we say stop this destruction. We condemn these criminal acts and demand justice for all the victims," the Rev. Joseph Lafontant, auxiliary bishop of Port-au-Prince, said on Radio Soleil Tuesday night.