February 12, 2006 - Posted at 1:09 p.m. CST
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) _ Authorities say they're getting key
clues in their investigation into a series of church fires across
A federal investigator says two white men in their 20s or 30s
are believed to be responsible. He says witness accounts and other
leads are pointing to suspects who are probably close ``buddies''
and may live in an area south of Birmingham.
The spokesman for the federal Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and
Explosives agency says the men are linked to pre-dawn arsons at
nine churches over the last ten days. A tenth fire yesterday
remains under investigation.
No motive has emerged for the fires, which broke out in mostly
isolated country settings. Five of the churches had white
congregations and five black. All were Baptist, the dominant faith
in the area.