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Molotov cocktails thrown at Penang church

The Church of Assumption at Lebuh Farquhuar, Penang, this morning, after it became the target of two molotov cocktails. - The Malaysian Insider pic by Hasnoor Hussain, January 27, 2014.The Church of Assumption at Lebuh Farquhuar, Penang, this morning, after it became the target of two molotov cocktails. - The Malaysian Insider pic by Hasnoor Hussain, January 27, 2014.The Church of the Assumption in Lebuh Farquhar has been attacked in the early morning after a controversial banner with the word "Allah" found outside the church on Sunday, police said today.

Penang police chief SDCP Datuk Abdul Rahim said two Molotov cocktails were thrown into the church compound about 1.30am early today.

"However only one exploded as the other one fell on the grass.

"Initial investigations showed that two men on a motorcycle committed the crime," he was quoted as saying by The Star.

The remains of a molotov cocktail, believed to be one of two thrown at the church in Lebuh Farquhar, Penang, this morning. - The Malaysian Insider pic by Hasnoor Hussain, January 27, 2014.The remains of a molotov cocktail, believed to be one of two thrown at the church in Lebuh Farquhar, Penang, this morning. - The Malaysian Insider pic by Hasnoor Hussain, January 27, 2014.Representatives from the church, and a few other churches in the area have lodged police reports over controversial banners that were put up at the their entrances.

In 2010, several churches nationwide and a Catholic school were attacked at the height of the Allah controversy, following the High Court's ruling disputing the Home Ministry's ban on the use of the word "Allah" by Catholic weekly Herald.

The Metro Tabernacle church in Kuala Lumpur suffered the worst attack after arsonists burned down its premises in Desa Melawati, Kuala Lumpur, leaving its ground floor destroyed. The church has since moved to a new building in Batu Caves.

In August 2010, the Sessions Court found siblings Raja Muhammad Faizal Raja Ibrahim and Raja Muhammad Idzham Raja Ibrahim guilty of the attack. - January 27, 2014.

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