State Department designates AQIS as terrorist outfit
WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The United States has designated Al Qaeda in Indian Sub-continent (AQIS) as a terrorist organisation and its leader Asim Umar as a global terrorist for their activities in South Asia, including an attack on a naval dockyard in Karachi and killing of bloggers in Bangladesh.
The designation announced by the State Department prohibitsAmericans from engaging in transactions with AQIS and Umar, besides freezing all of their property and interests in the US.
In addition, the consequences of AQIS’ designation include a prohibition against knowingly providing, or attempting or conspiring to provide, material support or resources to the organisation.
In a video message in September 2014, Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri announced formation of AQIS. The group is led by Asim Umar, a former member of Harakatul-Mujahidin.
AQIS claimed responsibility for the September 6, 2014 attack on a naval dockyard in Karachi, in which militants attempted to hijack a Pakistani Navy frigate, the State Department said.
It has also claimed responsibility for the murder of activists and writers in Bangladesh, including US citizen Avijit Roy, US Embassy local employee XulhazMannanand Bangladeshi nationals Oyasiqur Rahman Babu, Ahmed RajibHaideer, and AKMShafiul Islam.
“Today’s action notifies the U.S. public and the international community that AQIS and Umar are actively engaged in terrorism,” the State Department said.
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