Food court stalls razed in arson attack in Malaysia

ALOR SETAR - Six stalls were razed at a food court here, where pieces of Quranic texts were found burnt last week.

"No weapon or Molotov cocktail traces were found at the scene," said acting Kedah police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Zakaria Yusof.

Police are investigating the case as mischief with fire under Section 435 of the Penal Code.

The burnt structures were among 16 stalls at the foodcourt, located next to a wet market.

DCP Zakaria said policemen on crime prevention rounds in the area spotted the fire at around 1.52am yesterday.

"We've identified some suspects in the case and arrests will be made soon," he said yesterday.

On Thursday, the police detained a man, in his 40s, in connection with the pieces of charred pages from the Quran that were found at a Taoist shrine at the food court.

The man has been referred to a psychiatric ward.