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Six Accused of Providing Financial Support to Pakistani Taliban

Joe Raedle/Getty Images (File)(MIAMI) -- An Imam from Miami and his two sons are among six people charged with providing material support to the Pakistani Taliban, a designated foreign terrorist organization.

Hafiz Muhammed Sher Ali Khan, 76, and his sons Irfan Khan, 37, and Izhar Khan, 24, all of whom reside in Florida, face a slew of charges U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida Wifredo A. Ferrer said Saturday. The three other people facing charges are Pakistan residents Ali Rehman, Alam Zeb and Amina Khan.

Hafiz Khan and his younger son were arrested in Miami, while the older son was taken into custody in Los Angeles. The other three defendants are said to be still at-large in Pakistan. The six suspects were indicted following an investigation by the FBI and members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force.

Authorities allege that from sometime in 2008 through November 2010 the suspects provided the Pakistani Taliban with money, financial services, and other forms of support. The defendants are accused of seeking to aid the terrorist organization in its fight against the Pakistan government and the government’s perceived allies such as the United States.

All six are charged with conspiring to provide, and providing, material support to a conspiracy to murder, maim and kidnap persons overseas, as well as conspiring to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. Hafiz Khan, Rehman and Zeb are also charged with providing material support to the Pakistani Taliban.

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Muslim Cleric Behind Islamic Center Near Ground Zero Getting Threats

Image Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Imam Feisal Rauf, the Muslim cleric promoting the building of a controversial lower Manhattan Islamic community center, has received a number of telephone threats in recent weeks and as a result has been under periodic police protection, police officials told ABC News Wednesday. The threats are being investigated by police.

Concerns for Rauf's security escalated in the days prior to the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, when controversy reached a fevered pitch. At that time police officials told ABC that they had discussed with Rauf measures that would ensure his security and safety, though they said at the time that Rauf had not yet received any threats. While the Police Department does not comment on the nature of security arrangements, in Rauf's case it appears that the protection is provided periodically.

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