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US imposes sanctions on Islamic rebels in eastern Congo

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The United States imposed sanctions on Tuesday on the leader of an Islamist group and five others for serious human rights violations, including gang rape, torture and murder, in eastern Congo, the US Treasury Department said.

Congolese officials have accused the Allied Democratic Forces Group, whose origins are from Uganda, of killing more than 100 people in a series of attacks on a number of villages over the past six weeks, which have hampered efforts to counter the Ebola outbreak in the region.

The Allied Democratic Forces group has been fighting since the mid-1990s in the thick jungles of eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, with massacres, kidnappings and looting mostly carried out in cooperation with local militia and leaders.

The US Treasury Department’s Foreign Assets Control office stated that the group’s leader, Musa Baloch, had supported her “through recruitment, logistical support, administration, financing, intelligence, and coordination of operations”.

He added that this group “continues to commit widespread violence and countless human rights violations that include kidnapping, recruitment, and the use of children in attacks and other violence.”

The sanctions allow the US administration to confiscate any property or accounts of these fighters within American territory and prohibit anyone from dealing in the United States with them.

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