US slaps sanction on top Haqqani group commander

The US on Tuesday Haqqani network commander Sangeen Zadran designated him as a foreign terrorist.

Washington: The US on Tuesday slapped sanctions
on top Haqqani network commander Sangeen Zadran and designated
him as a foreign terrorist, the State Department said.

The Haqqani Network, a Taliban-affiliated group of
militants that operates from Pakistan`s restive North
Waziristan Agency in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas,
has been at the forefront of insurgent activity in
Afghanistan.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton designated Zadran,
the shadow governor of Afghanistan`s Paktika province and a
commander of the Haqqani network, a foreign terrorist and
slapped sanctions on him.

The terror network has been responsible for many
high-profile attacks.

Zadran was also listed by the United Nations (UN) 1988
Sanctions Committee.

The State Department said Zadran helps lead fighters in
attacks across Southeastern Afghanistan, and is believed to
have planned and coordinated the movement of hundreds of
foreign fighters into Afghanistan.

He has also been connected to many improvised explosive
device (IED) attacks.

In addition to his role in attacks, Zadran is believed to
have orchestrated the kidnappings of Afghans and foreign
nationals in the border region between Afghanistan and
Pakistan.

He also acts as a senior lieutenant to Haqqani network
leader Sirajuddin Haqqani, also a Specially Designated Global
Terrorist and listed at the United Nations 1988 Sanctions
Committee.

PTI

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