Ground Zero Imam, Wife Getting Death Threats: Police

Cops confirm Daisy Khan's statement yesterday
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 4, 2010 8:25 AM CDT
Daisy Khan, co-founder of the Cordoba Initiative, speaks at a rally in support of an Islamic center and mosque near the World Trade Center, Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010, in New York.   (AP)
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(Newser) – Hours after Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf's wife told ABC's This Week she and her husband had received death threats, police confirmed that the couple behind the Park51 Islamic center (or "ground zero mosque") have indeed been threatened. It "began several weeks ago," a police spokesperson tells CNN. He added that police "were investigating" the threats but would give no details.

Earlier yesterday, Daisy Khan said on the ABC talk show, "For the record, my life is under threat. My husband's life is under threat. We do not walk around with bodyguards, because we love this country. We don't walk around with big bodyguards because we don't want use taxpayer's money." Sources have previously told CNN Rauf is receiving protection from the NYPD.

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