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Husband throws 
Molotov cocktail at wife's boyfriend's car, causes massive explosion

The fury of a scorned man in Malaysia led him to throw a Molotov cocktail at his wife's boyfriend's car while she was in it.

It caused a massive explosion and a huge fire and people feared it was a bomb blast.

The explosion on Monday in Petaling Jaya created an online frenzy and pictures of the fire went viral on WhatsApp.

Photos of the fire and clouds of dark smoke were posted on Twitter on Monday afternoon, with warnings to the public to be wary of what was alleged was a bomb explosion.

To quell speculation, Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar tweeted to make it clear that there was no bomb and that they were investigating a case of mischief by fire, The Star reported.

Six cars were damaged in the fire, which happened at a carpark near the Taman Jaya LRT station.

The suspect, a man in his 20s, was arrested and remanded in police custody for four days, the report said.

ARRESTED

He was wandering near the scene of the fire when he was arrested.

On Monday, the suspect, who is going through a divorce, showed up at the carpark, which is near the place where the boyfriend is working.

Petaling Jaya Assistant Commissioner Mohd Zani Che Din said the 20-year-old boyfriend was walking to the car when the husband approached on a motorcycle at about 1.30pm.

Said ACP Zani: "The boyfriend realised the man was about to throw the bottle at the car, which had the door open. The woman was inside the car.

"She managed to jump out before the car went up in flames."

Three explosions were heard and the husband fled the scene, leaving behind his slippers and a helmet.

ACP Zani said: "The fire quickly spread to five other cars. It grew too big for some of the passers-by to put out."

Police estimated the incident caused about RM200,000 (S$65,000) worth of losses.

The woman's boyfriend suffered a minor injury to the left arm, the New Straits Times reported.

A spokesman for the Fire and Rescue Department said they arrived at the scene a few minutes after receiving a call.

"We took about half an hour to extinguish the flames. Four cars were badly damaged, while two others were 20 per cent burnt," he said.

The suspect's lawyer, Mr Suraj Singh, said his client is being investigated for committing mischief by fire or explosive substance.

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