US imposes sanctions on Russian terror group leader

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Washington, March 26: The US has imposed sanctions on a Russian national for leading a terror group in the North Caucasus region.

The State Department on Wednesday branded Aliaskhab Kebekov as a specially designated global terrorist, a move that entailed sanctions that freeze all his assets in the US and prohibit Americans from doing business with him, Xinhua news agency reported on Thursday.

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The department described the man as the current leader of the Caucasus Emirate, a group already blacklisted by the US as a global terrorist entity for its operations in the region.

Last year, Kebekov issued a video statement proclaiming his group's "structural subordination" to Al Qaeda and expressing its readiness to "execute orders and instructions from the group's leaders", the department said in a statement.

It noted that Kebekov had reportedly ordered the killing of Sheikh Said-Afandi Chirkeyskiy, a prominent moderate religious leader in the Russian Republic of Dagestan.

Kebekov is also blacklisted by the UN Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee, a move that requires all member states to implement an assets freeze, a travel ban and an arms embargo against him.

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