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US designates Khan as global terrorist

US designates Khan as global terrorist

Aug 06, 2013 - 20:34

WASHINGTON (PANinfo-icon): The United States on Tuesday designated Bahawal Khan, leader of the Commander Nazir Group (CNG), as a global terrorist for his involvement in attacks in Afghanistaninfo-icon and Pakistaninfo-icon.

As a result of the designation, all property subject to US jurisdiction in which Khan has any interest is blocked and Americans are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with him, the US State Department said.

Appointed as the new leader of the CNG in January, Khan has been running training camps since 2006, dispatched suicide bombers, provided safe haven for Al-Qaida fighters and conducted cross-border operations against the United States and its allies.

In addition to its attacks against international forces in Afghanistan, the CNG is also responsible for assassinations and intimidation operations against civilians in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Khan previously served as a sub-commander for CNG in South Waziristan, fought with the Talibaninfo-icon and has vowed to continue the group’s activities, including supporting Al-Qaida and conducting attacks in Afghanistan.

The State Department alleged CNG had been behind numerous attacks against international forces in Afghanistan; the group has also been known to attack targets in Pakistan.

For example, CNG claimed responsibility for a March 2008 vehicle-borne improvised explosive device attack in front of an army brigade headquarters in South Waziristan, which killed five Pakistani soldiers and injured 11 more.

In May 2011, CNG broke a ceasefire agreement and attacked a Pakistani army camp in Wana with missiles and rockets.



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