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Officials: Church set on fire in Malaysia over use of word ‘Allah’

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Officials say a church has been set on fire in Malaysia by unidentified attackers amid a growing conflict in the country over the use of the word “Allah” by non-Muslims.

They say a portion of the Metro Tabernacle Church was set ablaze a little after midnight Thursday. The church is located in a three-story building on a shopping street in Taman Melawati, a suburb of Kuala Lumpur.

Kevin Ang, a church spokesman, says only the first floor office of the church was destroyed. The worship areas on the second and third floors were undamaged. There were no injuries.

District police chief Zakaria Pagan told the AP “we are still investigating” and said he will issue a statement later.