U.S. imposes sanctions on eight members of the Lashkar-e Tayyiba (LeT) terror group
Washington, United States (4E) – The United States on Thursday imposed sanctions on key members of Pakistan-based terrorist group, Lashkar-e Tayyiba (LeT), which is accused of its role in carrying out attacks on NATO-led coalition and Afghan forces, and deadly attacks on Mumbai in 2008.
The men are:
- Sajjid Mir, Abdullah Mujahid,
- Ahmed Yaqub,
- Hafiz Khalid Walid,
- Qari Muhammad Yaqoob Sheikh,
- Amir Hamza,
- Abdullah Muntazir,
- Talha Saeed.
Under the ban, no U.S. citizens are allowed to do business with these men. The department has also frozen all of their assets.
The Department of Treasury suspects LeT’s links with al-Qaida, Taliban and the Haqqani Network. The members of this terrorist group are believed to have been providing financial and logistic support to these networks.
In a statement, the Treasury Department said that the sanctions are aimed at damaging LeT, which is engaged in plotting and carrying out terrorist attacks across the world. “Today’s action against LeT is Treasury’s most comprehensive to date against this group and includes individuals participating in all aspects of LeT’s operations – from commanders planning attacks to those managing LeT’s relationships with other terrorist groups,” said David Cohen, under secretary of Treasury for terrorism and financial intelligence.
“LET has conducted numerous terrorist acts against Pakistani, Indian, Afghan and U.S. interests, and is responsible for the November 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed more than 160 people, including six Americans, and the July 2006 Mumbai train bombings that killed more than 180 people,” the department added.
U.S. had long ago declared the group as a foreign terrorist organization. In May 2005, it added the group to the United Nations 1267/1989 list of sanctioned terrorists. Since then, it is facing frequent U.S. sanctions.