Pig heads thrown at two Malaysian mosques

Malaysian police said severed pigs' heads were found at two mosques on Wednesday.

Pig heads thrown at two Malaysian mosques

Malaysian police said severed pigs' heads were found at two mosques on Wednesday, in the latest of a spate of attacks on places of worship that have escalated ethnic tensions.

The dumping of the heads of three pigs comes amid a row over the use of the word "Allah" by non-Muslims. Hunting, eating and trading them is forbidden under Islamic law.

Mosque officials found the two severed heads wrapped in plastic bags with money strewn around them at the Jumburiyah Mosque and another two at the Al-Iman Al-Tirmizi Mosque, about 3 kilometers away.

Police and religious leaders called for calm and said that saboteurs may be attempting to stir up ethnic conflict in Malaysia.

"By looking at the modus operandi of the (pigs' head) incidents... I think it is the same group that is involved in the previous attacks," national police chief Musa Hassan told reporters.

"I think they are throwing money (to those carrying out the attacks) to cause such incidents," he said, warning those responsible not to "play with fire" and undermine national security.

The mosques are located near a neighbourhood which in 2001 was hit by an ethnic clash that local media said left six people dead.

A group created in the online networking site Facebook to protest the use of the word by non-Muslims has so far attracted more than 250,000 people.

Police have so far arrested 19 people over the attacks.

The government of Prime Minister Najib Razak is appealing against the court verdict and has condemned the arson and vandalism attacks.

The Catholic newspaper wants to use the word "Allah" to describe the Christian God, but Muslims say Christian missionaries will use the word a tool to confuse and convert Muslims.

Malaysia is mainly Muslim and Malay but there are ethnic Chinese and Indian minorities who mainly practise Christianity, Buddhism and Hinduism. Around 9 percent of the 28 million Muslim population are Christian, including 800,000 Catholics.


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