US blacklists Eritrea officials over Somali unrest

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Associated Press

Posted on July 5, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 5 at 1:33 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is blacklisting six people, including two senior Eritrean military officers, for their roles in allegedly supporting the radical Islamist al-Shabab group in Somalia.

The Treasury Department announced the sanctions Thursday under an executive order that can impose punitive measures on individuals deemed to threaten peace, security or stability in Somalia. The sanctions freeze any assets the men have in U.S. jurisdictions and bar Americans from conducting business with them.

The six are accused of providing financial and logistical support to al-Shabab, an al-Qaida affiliate designated a foreign terrorist organization by the State Department. In addition to the Eritreans, the sanctions apply to a Sudanese accused of recruiting foreign fighters for al-Shabab and three Kenyans, including a cleric, said to have raised money and arms for the group.

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