US names 2 HIA members as global terrorists
WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The United States designated two explosive experts of the Gul Buddin Hikmatyar-led Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) party, Abdullah Nowbahar and Abdul Saboor as global terrorists.
The move comes a year after Department of State’s Rewards for Justice (RFJ) programme announced rewards for information on both Nowbahar and Saboor. The Secretary of State has authorized a reward of up to $3 million for information on Saboor and up to $2 million on Nowbahar.
Noting that Abdullah Nowbahar and Abdul Saboor are explosive experts for Hezb-e-Islami Gulbuddin, the State Department said both participated in the September 18, 2012 attack on a bus carrying foreign employees of Kabul International Airport that killed 12 people.
Saboor was also responsible for a May 2013 suicide attack in Kabul that destroyed a US armored vehicle, killing two soldiers and four US civilian contractors; eight Afghans – including two children – were also killed and another 37 were wounded.
The Specially Designated Global Terrorists are slapped on those foreign persons who have committed, or pose a serious risk of committing, acts of terrorism that threaten the security of US nationals or the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the United States.
As a result of these designations, all property subject to US jurisdiction in which Abdullah Nowbahar and Abdul Saboor have any interest is blocked and US persons are prohibited from engaging in any transactions with Nowbahar and Saboor.
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