Monday, January 27, 2014

Malaysian church attacked amid Allah dispute...

A Malaysian church was attacked with firebombs early Monday, police said, sparking concerns of escalating tensions amid a dispute over the use of the word "Allah" by non-Muslims.

Penang state police chief Abdul Rahim Hanafi said two men on a motorcycle threw Molotov cocktails into the compound of The Assumption Church. No one was injured.

The attack came after a banner was found hanging outside three Penang churches, including The Assumption, on Sunday. The banner read: "Allah is great, Jesus is the son of Allah." The churches have lodged complaints with police over the banner.

Abdul Rahim was quoted by the online edition of The Star newspaper as saying only one of the firebombs exploded as the other one fell on the grass.

Abdul Rahim couldn't be immediately reached to confirm his comments, but a Penang police officer, who declined to be named as he wasn't authorized to speak to the media, confirmed them. He did not give any further details. Phone calls to the church went unanswered.

The incident in Penang has sparked worries of more widespread religious violence such as in 2010, when more than a dozen churches and other places of worship came under arson attacks and vandalism because of the tussle over the use of Allah. Full story...

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