Washington - The United States has designated, on Wednesday, Pakistani group "Jamaat-ul-Ahrar" and Mohamed Abrini as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs), said the Department of State in a statement.
Washington – The United States has designated, on Wednesday, Pakistani group “Jamaat-ul-Ahrar” and Mohamed Abrini as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs), said the Department of State in a statement.
The Department of State said that the designation was made under Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, which imposes sanctions on foreign persons and groups determined to have committed, or pose a significant risk of committing, acts of terrorism that threaten the security of U.S. nationals or the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the United States.
As a result of these designations, all property subject to U.S. jurisdiction in which Jamaat-ul-Ahrar and Abrini have any interest is blocked, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in any transactions with Jamaat-ul-Ahrar and Abrini.
According to the statement, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, which is based in the Afghanistan-Pakistan border region, has staged multiple attacks in the region targeting civilians, religious minorities, military personnel, and law enforcement, and was responsible for the killing of two Pakistani employees of the U.S. Consulate in Peshawar.
The same source added that Mohamed Abrini, who is a member of the Europe-based Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) cell responsible for the November 2015 Paris attacks and March 2016 Brussels attacks, is also believed to have taken part in the pre-attack surveillance for the November 2015 Paris attacks and to have assisted in planning attacks in the UK and Germany.