Florida imam, 2 sons charged with supporting Taliban

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A South Florida imam and two of his sons have been charged with providing roughly $50,000 to the Pakistani Taliban, which the State Department has designated as a terrorist organization.

The U.S. Attorney’s office in Miami says Hafiz Muhammed Sher Ali Khan and sons Irfan Khan and Izhar Khan were arrested Saturday morning. Hafiz Khan is the imam at Miami Mosque, also known as Flagler Mosque, and Izhar Khan is the imam at Jamaat Al-Mumineen Mosque in nearby Margate. Officials say the mosques are not suspected of wrongdoing.

Authorities say Hafiz Khan also owned a religious school that trained militants.

The indictment also names three others at large in Pakistan, including Hafiz Khan’s daughter and grandson.

Attempts to reach the men, their attorneys and their mosques were unsuccessful.