Malaysian police said they have identified their first suspect in a spate of attacks on churches and other religious institutions in the country. Police received information on the suspect from a photograph, Deputy Inspector-General Ismail Omar told reporters Jan. 13 in Kuala Lumpur, without providing details. The government is investigating 10 acts of violence against Christian buildings in the Muslim-majority country in the previous five days, including the arson attempt on a convent. Tensions have flared after a court ruled that a Catholic newspaper could refer to God as "Allah" in its Malay-language section, a decision some Muslims oppose. Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein that the government will not hesitate to use the Internal Security Act, which allows for detention without trial, against those playing up religious and racial issues. (Bloomberg)

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