New York – The U.S. Department of State has designated Mohamed Lahbous as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) under an executive order that targets those linked to terrorism.
Lahbous is a member of The Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa.
The movement was created in September 2011 after the members broke off from al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb in order to expand their activities into West Africa.
“As a result of the designation, all property subject to U.S. jurisdiction in which Lahbous has any interest is blocked and
U.S. persons are prohibited from engaging in any transactions with Lahbous or to his benefit,’’ the U.S. said in a statement on Wednesday.
It added that as a member of the organisation, Lahbous has participated in a number of attacks, including the October 2011 abduction of three aid workers from a refugee camp in Western Algeria.
The statement also noted that Lahbous participated in June 2012 attack in Ouargla, Algeria, which killed one and injured three.
According to it, Lahbous has also been involved in arms trading and drug trafficking in North and West Africa. (NAN)