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US slaps sanctions on 2 linked to terror

US slaps sanctions on 2 linked to terror

May 18, 2012 - 18:37

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): The United States on Thursday imposed sanctions against a Talibaninfo-icon financier and a communications official of the Haqqani networkinfo-icon, the Department of Treasury said in a statement on its website.

Bakht Gul, the communications officer, acted as the gatekeeper for Haqqani leader Badruddin Haqqani, who was previously designated under an executive order targeting terrorists, the statement added.

Abdul Baqi Bari, the Taliban financier, allegedly served as a money launderer for the group since 2011, according to the department, which said he had used a company to funnel money to Taliban and Al-Qaeda.

The step would ensure all those who perpetuate ongoing violence and terrorist activities in Afghanistaninfo-icon and Pakistaninfo-icon would continue to be marginalised and cut off from the international financial system, a Treasury official said.

“As a result of today’s action, all property in the United States or in the possession or control of US persons in which Bakht Gul or Abdul Baqi Bari has an interest is blocked,” he concluded.

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