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Church fires in Louisiana: son detained by law enforcement official, reports suggest



Authorities said they would announce significant updates to the case where three churches were burned down within ten days, at a press conference Thursday at 10:00 am (11:00 am ET) at the Sheriff Public Safety Complex of St. Landry Parish Opelousas

Officials informed CNN on Wednesday night that a 21-year-old man from St. Landry was arrested in connection with the fires.

CNN has been notified of the subject's name, but does not report until it is announced by the authorities.

St. The Mary Baptist Church at Port Barre burned on 26 March, followed by the Greater Union Baptist Church in Opelousas on 2 April and two days later the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in the same city.

It is believed that the fires were deliberately discontinued, a locally elected official said Tuesday. On March 31, officials investigate a fourth, minor fire in the predominantly white parish church of Vivian United Pentecostal Church (more than 200) miles north of St. Landry. The flame was deliberately set.

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The FBI and the Federal Office for Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives support the investigation.

The NAACP has labeled the fires "domestic" terrorism, "adding the" top of church burnings in southern states, is a reflection of the encouraging racial rhetoric and tension that is spreading throughout the country.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards will attend the press conference on Thursday morning, his office said.

Once a common event

church fires were a common event in the Jim Crow era and fires in black churches – especially in the South – immediately recall such racist attacks.

"For decades, African American churches have served as a survival center and symbol of hope in the African American community," said NAACP President Derrick Johnson. "As a consequence, these houses of faith were historic Target of Violence. "

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Several black churches in the South were arrested in 2015 shortly after the mass murder of nine people in the African Methodist Episcopal Church burned down by Mother Emanuel in Charleston, South Carolina Although it is unclear whether these fires were racially motivated.
According to recent data from the National Fire Protection Association, fires in religious and funeral homes have been on the decline for decades. According to the association 16% were deliberately excluded between 2007 and 2011.

Joe Sutton of CNN contributed to this report.


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