The FBI is offering $15,000 in rewards for information leading to the culprits behind a series of arson attacks on three Catholic churches predominantly serving Hispanics and migrants in El Paso, Texas.
The announcement came in a Thursday news release, in which the bureau offered $5,000 for information on each arson attack.
“We are counting on assistance from members of the community to keep our city safe,” the bureau wrote.
The first purported attack came on May 7 at the St. Matthew Catholic Church followed by another one week later at the St. Patrick Cathedral. Then on June 15, firefighters battled heavy smoke at the St. Jude Catholic Church.
The FBI said each church sustained damage from incendiary devices but that no one was injured.
“Every lead will be thoroughly investigated. Regardless of how insignificant you think your information might be, we strongly encourage you to come forward and welcome your information and assistance,” the FBI said.
The FBI’s El Paso field office, the El Paso Fire Marshal’s Office, the El Paso Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) have been carrying out the investigation.
The announcement came six weeks after a gunman opened fire at a Walmart in El Paso, killing 22 people and injuring 24 others.
Police said the alleged shooter told investigators he was targeting Mexicans.
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