Pakistan-based group labelled as terrorist
KABUL (PAN): The United States on Tuesday designated as terrorist the Pakistan-based Commander Nazir Group for running militant training camps, providing sanctuary for Al Qaeda fighters and conducting cross-border attacks against the US and allied forces in Afghanistan.
The State Department said the outfit, whose leader Mullah Nazir was killed in a drone strike early this year, was responsible for assassinations and intimidation operations against civilians in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
As a result of the designation, all property subject to US jurisdiction in which the group and its new leader Mullah Malang have any interest is blocked and American citizens are prohibited from engaging in any transactions with it.
Following Nazir’s death in early January, the group chose Malang as its new leader and vowed to continue its activities, including supporting Al Qaeda and conducting attacks in Afghanistan, the States Department said inn a statement.
Malang claimed responsibility for a March 2008 vehicle-borne bomb attack in front of an army brigade headquarters in South Waziristan, where five Pakistani soldiers were killed and 11 more injured
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