US designates Hizbul Mujahideen as ‘foreign terrorist group’


The US Wednesday designated Kashmiri militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen as a “foreign terrorist organization”, nearly two months after declaring the outfit’s chief Syed Salahuddin as a “global terrorist”, a news gathering agency reported.

The designation, which slaps a series of American sanctions on the militant group, came against the backdrop of upsurge in its activities in Kashmir in recent months, the report said.

“These designations seek to deny Hizbul Mujahideen the resources it needs to carry out terrorist attacks,” the State Department said in a statement.

Among other consequences, all of Hizbul Mujahideen’s property and interests in property subject to US jurisdiction are blocked, and US persons are generally prohibited from engaging in any transactions with the group.


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