NEW YORK - A man of Guyanan origin faces arson and bias charges after confessing on Tuesday to a series of Molotov cocktail attacks that hit a New York mosque and three homes, raising alarm in the Queens neighbourhood. The suspect, who has not been identified by name, is a 40-year-old unemployed tow-truck driver who appeared to have been motivated by personal grudges, a law enforcement official was cited as saying in media reports.

The suspect lives in the Jamaica section of Queens where four of the attacks took place, also made “broadly anti-Muslim statements” during questioning, the official said.