US sanctions 20 in Maldives over IS hyperlinks

Washington has sanctioned 20 residents of the Maldives for his or her ties to the Islamic State group, together with one man accused of attempting to assassinate former president Mohamed Nasheed.

The US Division of Treasury mentioned Abdulla Ali Manik — at the moment in custody over the unsuccessful 2021 assault — had a number of hyperlinks to terror plots within the vacationer hotspot.

New sanctions unveiled Monday additionally recognized Manik as an affiliate of identified IS recruiter Mohamad Ameen, who was himself sanctioned by the US in 2019.

Ameen is thought to have despatched dozens of Maldivians to battle in Syria and was the primary suspect in a 2007 bomb assault at a public park that wounded 12 Chinese language vacationers. The US assertion mentioned 29 corporations, many linked to the profitable tourism trade, have been additionally sanctioned over their hyperlinks to IS operatives.

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