Thalka News Bureau
New Delhi: Indian-born Mohammed Shafi Armar, who is suspected key recruiter for ISIS in India, has been been designated
by the US State Department along with two others to its Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGT) list, an official statement said.
Armar is native of Bhatkal in Karnata, and have recruited at least 30 men for IS in India, according Indian Intelligence agencies. The state Department has designated Armar, Oussama Ahmad Atar, and Mohammed Isa Yousif Saqar Al Binali as SDGTs, which imported transactions or dealings with designated persons and all their property and interests in property subject to United States jurisdiction in blocked.
"He has cultivated a group of dozens of ISIS sympathisers who are involved in terrorist activities across India, such as plotting attacks, procuring weapons, and identifying
locations for terrorist training cams," the State Department statement said.
According to reports, Belgian-Moroccan Oussama Atar is a "senior leader of IS' external operations efforts and has established a network to carry out attacks in Europe" and was "a leading coordinator of then November 2015 Paris attacks and March 2016 attacks in Brussels".
He was responsible for recruiting and sending trained recruits "at some of the Individuals to Paris to launch the November 2015 attacks, which killed and injured hundreds, including american's".
Al Binali, it said, departed Bahrain to join the terrorist group in 2014 and has since appeared in multiple IS propaganda videos calling Bahrainis, specially members of Bahrain's security forces, to join Islamic State.
"Today action notified the US public and the international community that Atar, Armar, and Binali have committed or pose a significant risk of committing acts of terrorism. Designations expose and isolate organisations and individuals, and result in denial of access to the financial system," the State Department said.