US investigating arson attacks at six black churches

White House reports six arson attacks in black churches around United States

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Local authorities have probed an investigation into arson attacks at six black churches throughout five southern states, the White House said on Monday

"We have seen some extremists carry out acts of violence against the black church or against black churches across the country, recognizing the power of such violent displays," said the White House spokesman Josh Earnest.

He added that police have the duty to uphold all the necessary investigations and if needed federal assistance will underpin the police’s ongoing investigations.

The arson attacks come a week after a 21-year-old white man, Dylann Roof has been charged with nine counts of murder for an attack on a historic black South Carolina church.

Churches located in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee were set on fire, with three of the fires officially examined as attacks of arson, investigations continue in relation to the others.

No injuries have been reported, but some of the churches have entirely burned down to ash.

"They're being investigated to determine who is responsible and what motives are behind them," said FBI spokesman Paul Bresson speaking to BuzzFeed News.

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