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FBI Arrests Man In Los Angeles For Allegedly Funding Pakistani Taliban

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Accused of funneling money to the Pakistan Taliban, the FBI arrested three Florida residents on Saturday, one of whom was captured in Los Angeles, reports the Daily News. The arrests were part of an investigation of a Florida family of Pakistani expatriates that is allegedly funding religious extremists "to topple the Pakistani government and fight the United States," according to the FBI.

76-year-old Hafiz Khan, the imam of a mosque in Miami who has been named as the ringleader, was arrested with his 24-year-old son Izhar Khan in Florida, according to the Justice Department. His other son, 37-year-old U.S. citizen Irfan Khan, was arrested in California and will make an appearance in a federal court here. His reason for being in California was not disclosed.

Three individuals in Pakistan were also indicted -- two are relatives of the Miami Khan family, reports the Daily News.

In a statement, the Justice Department said that "despite being an imam, or spiritual leader, Hafiz Khan was no man of peace ... He acted with others to support terrorists to further acts of murder, kidnapping and maiming." Wiretaps revealed by court documents filed in Miami's Federal Court allege a plot by Khan and his family to pay for attacks against the Pakistani government. He also built a madrassa in the Taliban-dominated Swat Valley of Pakistan to provide shelter for Taliban fighters, the Justice Department said.