The US sanctions five high-ranking officials from the Islamic State in Mozambique, the JNIM in Mali and Al Shabaab in Somalia

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced this Friday that sanctions would be imposed on five terrorist leaders in Africa, particularly high-ranking officials from the Islamic State in Mozambique, the Group in Support of Islam and Muslims (JNIM) in Mali and Al Shabaab in Somalia .

Blinken has appointed bonomade Machude Omar, also known as Ibn Omar, who heads the military and foreign branches of the Islamic States in Mozambique and “acts as the commander in chief and main coordinator of all the group’s attacks in the north of the country. , as well as the main agent and communication channel for the group. “

The US sanctions five high-ranking officials from the Islamic State in Mozambique, the JNIM in Mali and Al Shabaab in Somalia
The US sanctions five high-ranking officials from the Islamic State in Mozambique, the JNIM in Mali and Al Shabaab in Somalia

He recalled that during the attack in Palma in March that year, Omar led a group of fighters, while Abu Yasir Hassan, the leader of the Islamic States in the country, led another group. He also recalled that Omar had also directed the attack on the Hotel Amarula in Palma.

On the other hand, she has sanctioned Sidanag Hitta, also known as Abu Qarwani and Abu Abdelhakim al Kidali, a high-ranking leader and commander of the Kidal region in Mali who is part of the JNIM.

“Hitta was part of the group responsible for the January 20, 2019 attack on the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission base in Mali (MINUSMA) in Aguelhoc in Kidal,” he said.

As part of the same group and with activities in the Malian region of Mopti, the sanctions are also directed against the high-ranking official Salem Ould Breihmatt, who is also responsible for the supervision of the JNIM in Burkina Faso and is an explosives expert and trainer, has extensively blinked.

Ali Mohamed Rage, also known as Ali Dhire, spokesman for Al Shabaab and a senior group leader who was involved in planning attacks on areas in Kenya and Somalia, has also been sanctioned.

Finally, Abdikadir Mohamed Abdikadir, known as Ikrima, the fifth sanctioned, is an al-Shabaab mediator and operations planner.

“As a result of our actions today, among other things, all property and property interests of these people must be blocked and reported to the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the Ministry of Finance,” emphasized Blinken.

In addition, it stipulates that the persons who carry out certain transactions with the named persons can be “self-appointed agents”, while “any foreign financial institution that knowingly facilitates a significant financial transaction or provides the named persons with significant financial services”. may be subject to penalties from correspondence accounts or payment accounts through the United States. “

“The United States has pledged to disrupt the funding methods of these groups, all known as foreign terrorist organizations, to limit their ability to carry out further attacks on civilians, and to assist our partners in efforts to disrupt the funding of terrorism,” he said added.

Finally, he added that in order to address the terrorist threat across the continent, “close cooperation with partners will be required to reduce the capacities and operations of these terrorist groups and to reduce their control and influence in the West, East and in the to fight southern Africa ”.

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