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Man arrested in L.A. is allegedly part of group accused of aiding Taliban in Pakistan

May 14, 2011 |  9:14 am

A man arrested in Los Angeles was among three people held for allegedly providing financing and other material support to the Pakistani Taliban, the U.S. Justice Department announced Saturday.

Officials said the man, Irfan Khan, will appear in federal court in Los Angeles on Monday.

Little is known about Khan, 37, who faces 15 years in prison for each count if convicted. The Justice Department described him as a resident of Miami. It's unclear why he was in Los Angeles.

In total, prosecutors indicted six people: Khan, two others arrested in Florida and three still at large in Pakistan.

"All six defendants 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, specifically, the Pakistani Taliban. Defendants Khan, Rehman and Zeb are also charged with providing material support to the Pakistani Taliban," the Justice Department said in a statement.

Prosecutors said the group raised funds in the U.S. to buy weapons for Taliban terrorists operating in Pakistan. Two of the defendants are connected to several mosques in the Miami area.

“Today terrorists have lost another funding source to use against innocent people and U.S. interests.   We will not allow this country to be used as a base for funding and recruiting terrorists,” said John V. Gillies, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Miami office, in a statement.


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