9 January 2018
Police nab suspect in K’tan church, temple attack
The police have detained a civil servant suspected of vandalising a church in Jalan Hamzah in Kota Bahru last Sunday.
Kelantan police chief Hasanuddin Hassan said the 34-year-old man was picked up at the Pasir Mas police headquarters about 1.30pm yesterday.
He said this was the second time the suspect had committed a similar act, the first being on Jan 3, adding the man claimed to have experienced hallucinations since his mother’s death last year.
8 January 2018
Pastor Goo Siew Lai of the Kota Baru Chinese Methodist Church said it was the second attack against the church this month.
“The first was on Jan 3. The suspects broke the third floor window then,” he said.
Cops seek info over items hurled at church and temple in K’tan
The Kelantan police are seeking public information to assist investigation on acts of mischief, believed by the same suspect/s, for damage to a church and a temple at Jalan Hamzah just after midnight.
Kelantan police chief Hasanuddin Hassan said the first incident happened at a Methodist church and was realised by a caretaker at the premises upon hearing an “explosion” on the upper floor of the building.
“The caretaker went to the second floor of the church and found a broken mirror and also water filter tank with burnt marks,” he said when met at the Kelantan police contingent headquarters in Kota Baru.
Hasanuddin said a preliminary investigation found that the tank was hurled from a moving Nissan Livina car on the elevated road to Pasir Pekan.
The second incident, at the Subramaniyar Temple, located beside the church, was believed to happened soon after, he said, adding that police also found a water filter tank in the temple, believed to have been thrown into the building from the same vehicle.
Kota Baru church, temple damaged in bizarre act of vandalism
KOTA BARU: A Methodist church and Hindu temple along Jalan Hamzah here were damaged on Sunday in what police believe was an act of vandalism.
In the rather bizarre incident, sizeable water filter tanks were hurled through the windows of both places of worship from a moving vehicle.
Kelantan police believe the same perpetrator of perpetrators committed both acts and are seeking help from the public for information to assist their probe.
In the first incident, which occurred just after midnight, the caretaker of the Methodist church was startled by an explosive sound on the second floor of the building, and rushed upstairs to investigate.
“The caretaker found that a (window) was broken. (He) also saw a water filter tank (on the floor), with burnt marks,” Kelantan police chief Datuk Hasanuddin Hassan said at the Kelantan police contingent headquarters here on Sunday.
He said a preliminary investigation has determined that the tank was hurled from a moving Nissan Livina from the nearby elevated road to Pasir Pekan.
Soon after the first incident, the Subramaniyar temple, located next to the church, was also damaged by a projectile water filter tank, believed to have been thrown from the same vehicle.
Objects thrown at church and temple in Kota Baru believed to be petrol bombs http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/01/07/objects-thrown-at-church-and-temple-in-kota-baru-believed-to-be-petrol-bombs/ …
KOTA BARU: Hard objects, believed to be petrol bombs, were thrown at a church and a Hindu temple on Jalan Hamzah.
Kelantan CPO Datuk Hasanuddin Hassan said the objects were believed to be thrown from the Sultan Yahya Petra Bridge at midnight.
“One object broke the second floor window of the church, while the other object landed hit the front door of the temple,” he told a press conference on Sunday (Jan 7).
He said they have yet to nab the suspects and determine the motive behind the attacks.
“Those with information, please inform the police,” he said.
Hasanuddin also dismissed the possibility of the involvement of any international terrorist group in the double attack.
“We are investigating the case under Section 295 of the Penal Code for desecrating places of worship,” he said.
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