US announces five additional names for global terrorist list

With this move, US terrorist sanctions will also apply to individuals or foreign financial firms which engage in certain transactions with the five

The US State Department on Friday announced the addition of five alleged Islamist militants to its Specially Designated Global Terrorist list, requiring the blocking of any ownership or interests in US properties they hold.

The designations also expose to possible US sanctions individuals or foreign financial institutions who engage in certain transactions with the five.

The individuals include Bonomade Machude Omar, the senior military commander of Islamic State’s affiliate in Mozambique, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement.

Omar led a group of terrorist extremists who killed dozens of people in an attack in March on the Amarula Hotel in the town of Palma, Mozambique, Blinken said.

He also is responsible for attacks elsewhere in Mozambique and in Tanzania, Blinken said.

Sidang Hitta and Salem Ould al-Hasan, senior leaders of the Mali-based, al- Qaeda-linked Jama’at Nusrat al-Islam wal-Muslimin, also were designated.

So were Ali Mohamed Rage and Abdikadir Mohamed Abdikadir, leaders of the al-Shabaab group of Somalia, Blinken said.

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