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Quran-burning pastor thwarted

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A controversial Florida pastor was arrested Wednesday before he planned to burn almost 3,000 copies of the Quran, one for each of the victims of the 9/11 attacks, U.S. media reported.

Terry Jones, 61, was detained in the town of Mulberry, near Tampa, and faces charges of transporting fuel illegally and openly carrying a firearm, the Orlando Sentinel said. Jones was riding in a pickup truck that was towing a trailer carrying a large barbecue-like grill filled with kerosene-soaked Qurans.

As pastor of Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Jones in 2010 threatened to burn copies of the Quran, drawing widespread outrage, before he called the plan off.