Terry Jones at the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Fla., on Aug. 30, 2010. On Wednesday,
the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, Jones had planned to 2,998 burn copies of the Koran at a
public park in Florida. (John Raoux / Associated Press / August 30, 2010)
By Matt Pearce September 11, 2013, 4:23 p.m.
Florida officials have arrested radical anti-Islam preacher Terry Jones as he was on his way to a Sept. 11 event where he planned to burn 2,998 Korans, according to local news reports Wednesday.
Jones is best known for stoking Muslim anger by publicly desecrating the religion's holy book, sometimes with international consequences.
This time law enforcement officials intervened before Jones could carry out his plans for a ceremonial Sept. 11 burning.
Jones had planned to set alight 2,998 Korans at a Polk County park for the 12-year anniversary, with each Koran "representing one of the victims, every person who was murdered by Islam," according to one of his news releases -- a casualty total that perhaps accidentally included the 19 hijackers.