3 Tennessee men face federal charges in burning of mosque

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Three men are facing federal charges after being accused of fire-bombing a small mosque in Columbia.

First Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul O'Brian says the charges announced Tuesday are related to explosives, rather than hate crimes, but more charges could be filed.

Authorities say Eric Ian Baker, Michael Corey Golden and Jonathan Edwards Stone, all of Columbia, had planned for a week to burn down the Islamic Center of Columbia, which was located in a storefront.

The men are accused of using gasoline, rags and empty beer bottles to set the fire Saturday. The federal complaint says that at least one of the men said he was part of the extreme fundamentalist Christian Identity movement.

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