Malaysian churches firebombed over use of word ‘Allah’

Officials say a fourth church has been hit by firebombs in Malaysia amid a growing dispute in the country over the use of the word “Allah” by non-Muslims.

Bishop Philip Loke says two firebombs were believed to have been thrown at his Good Shepherd Lutheran Church early Saturday but missed the glass windows, hitting the building wall instead.

He says church members discovered two burned patches on the building wall at midday and found glass splinters on the ground. He said there was no damage to the church in the Petaling Jaya suburb.

The incident occurred a day after three other churches were attacked by firebombs.

Many Muslims are angry about a December 31 court decision overturning a government ban on Roman Catholics using ‘Allah’ for God.

 

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