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US designates Jamaat-ur-Ahrar as ‘terrorist group’

WASHINGTON: The United States has added militant outfit Jamaat-ur-Ahrar to its list of global terrorists, triggering sanctions against a group that has been blamed for attacks on civilians, religious minorities and soldiers. Jamaat-ur-Ahrar has claimed responsibility for at least five major attacks in Pakistan since December, including the Easter Sunday bombing in a public park...

SAMAA | - Posted: Aug 4, 2016 | Last Updated: 5 years ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Aug 4, 2016 | Last Updated: 5 years ago
US designates Jamaat-ur-Ahrar as ‘terrorist group’

Jundullah

WASHINGTON: The United States has added militant outfit Jamaat-ur-Ahrar to its list of global terrorists, triggering sanctions against a group that has been blamed for attacks on civilians, religious minorities and soldiers.

Jamaat-ur-Ahrar has claimed responsibility for at least five major attacks in Pakistan since December, including the Easter Sunday bombing in a public park that killed 70 people in the eastern city of Lahore.

It is a splinter faction of the Pakistani Taliban movement that has also declared loyalty to Islamic State’s leadership in the Middle East.

The group also claimed responsibility for the killing of two Pakistani employees of the U.S. Consulate in Peshawar in early March.

Jamaat-ur-Ahrar has not yet commented on the designation.

The designation, announced by the State Department in a statement on Wednesday, means anyone who supports Jamaat-ur-Ahrar could have their assets frozen by the U.S. government.

In recent years, Pakistani authorities have cracked down on movements that target citizens and institutions, including the Pakistani Taliban.

Most recently, a paramilitary crackdown was launched in Punjab after the park bombing in Lahore. – Reuters

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