The FBI along with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) are working to determine whether there is a connection between five black churches across the United States that have been set ablaze in the last week, BuzzFeed reported. FBI spokesman Paul Bresson said federal authorities are supporting local investigations to help identify the perpetrators and their motives.
“I’m not sure there is any reason to link them together at this point,” Bresson told BuzzFeed.
Officials have yet to name any suspects. Three out of the five fires have been confirmed as arson attacks while the cause of the other blazes, in South Carolina and Ohio, are still under investigation.