Refugees attack embassy in Malaysia

Angry Myanmar refugees have hurled firebombs at the country's embassy in Malaysia, destroying the building and leaving a number of staff members injured.

    The embassy building in Kuala Lumpur was gutted

    Police said they arrested three suspects in Wednesday’s attack. A police source said Rohingyas, as they are called, threw at least two petrol bombs at the building. Witnesses said this followed an argument with embassy staff.

    About a quarter of a million Rohingya refugees have fled Myanmar saying they were persecuted under the military government there.

    The building was gutted by the fire and police and fire crews sealed off access to the embassy.

    Myanmar officials were not available for comment.
     
    Tens of thousands of immigrants from Myanmar live in Malaysia, which is one of southeast Asia's wealthiest countries and a magnet for migrant workers. Malaysia also attracts hundreds of asylum seekers who claim they face persecution from Myanmar's military rulers.

    The fire is the second security breach at a diplomatic mission in Kuala Lumpur in the past eight days, though they appear to be unrelated.

    On 30 March, someone threw an explosive device at Australia's High Commission in the city, scorching an outer wall, but causing no major damage or injuries. Police said the device was a bottle filled with firecracker powder. No arrests have been made.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Double standards: 'Why aren't we all with Somalia?'

    Double standards: 'Why aren't we all with Somalia?'

    More than 300 people died in Somalia but some are asking why there was less news coverage and sympathy on social media.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    Kobe Steel: A scandal made in Japan

    Kobe Steel: A scandal made in Japan

    Japan's third-largest steelmaker has admitted it faked data on parts used in cars, planes and trains.