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Florida Pastor Arrested Before He Could Burn Qurans

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MULBERRY, Fla. (AP) - MULBERRY, Fla. (AP) - A Florida pastor has been arrested before he could set fire to almost 3,000 Qurans.

Polk County sheriff's officials say the Rev. Terry Jones and his associate pastor, Marvin Sapp, Jr., were arrested Wednesday each on a felony charge of unlawful conveyance of fuel in the small central Florida town of Mulberry. Sheriff's officials said Jones was also charged with unlawful open-carry of a firearm, a misdemeanor.

Authorities said Jones was stopped in a pickup truck that was towing a metal trailer filled with Qurans soaked in kerosene. He had said he planned to burn 2,998 Qurans - one for every victim who died in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Jones is the pastor of a small evangelical Christian church. His congregation burned a Quran in March 2011 and last year he promoted an anti-Muslim film. His actions have sparked violence in the Middle East and Afghanistan.

Jones has repeatedly ignored pleas from the U.S. military asking him not to stage his protests. Military officials say his actions put American and Western troops in Afghanistan and elsewhere in danger.

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