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3/8/06-Alabama

Alabama Church Fires: Officials Say They've Made Two Arrests

Two people have been arrested in connection with 10 church fires in Alabama last month, federal law enforcement sources said today. 

They identified the two men as Ben Moseley and Russell Debusk. Both are college students in the Birmingham area, according to the office of Alabama Gov. Bob Riley.

A third person, identified as Matthew Lee Cloyd, is being sought, the sources added.

Moseley and Debusk will appear in federal court in Birmingham at 10 a.m. (11 a.m. ET), the sources said. Authorities plan a 2 p.m. (3 p.m. ET) news conference.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) made the arrests, one of them in Birmingham, according to the sources. It is not known where the other arrest took place.

Arsonists struck the churches between February 3 and February 11.

Of the 10, five were in Bibb County and four in west Alabama. Another church fire in Lamar County on February 11 has been ruled an arson, but investigators haven't determined if it was connected to the others.

Five of the churches had predominantly white congregations, and five were predominantly black. All were Baptist, the dominant faith in the region, and most were in isolated rural settings.

Police said during the investigation that they were looking for two men in their 20s and 30s, as well as a dark-colored SUV, possibly a Nissan Pathfinder, that had been seen at some of the crime scenes.

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