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US designates Somalia-based al-Shabab' deputy leader as 'global terrorist'

al-Shabab has been blamed for the October truck bombing in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, that killed 512 people

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The has designated the of the Somalia-based extremist group a "global terrorist."

A State Department statement says the designation of Abukar blocks any assets of his that are subject to US jurisdiction and prohibits US citizens from making any transactions with him.

The al-Qaida-linked is the deadliest Islamic extremist group in It has been blamed for the October truck bombing in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, that killed 512 people.

Little is publicly known about the reclusive The US has designated as a foreign terrorist organization, and the early last year approved expanded efforts against the group. More than 30 US drone strikes were carried out against last year.

First Published: Fri, January 05 2018. 14:50 IST
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