The European Union imposed sanctions on ISIS-Mozambique and two of its leaders on Monday. File European Union/EP/UPI Photo | License photo
April 25 (UPI) — The European Union has sanctioned the Islamic State-linked terrorist group in Mozambique and two of its leaders, prompting lawmakers to end years of violence that has displaced more than a million people in the northern province of Cabo Delgado.
Lawmakers in the bloc’s 27-member council, which defines the political direction of the union, announced the punitive measures on Monday against Abu Yasir Hassan and Bonomade Machude Omar, as well as their terrorist organization ISIS-Mozambique.
All three were previously assigned to the United States.
“Their activities contribute to the expansion of the terrorist threat in Mozambique and pose a serious threat to the EU and regional and international stability,” the EU said. statement.
“Today’s decision reaffirmed the EU’s determination to counter the continuing terrorist threat posed by Al-Qaida, ISIL/Da’esh and their regional affiliates,” the EU said, adding that it “remains committed to taking decisive action against those who continue to threaten . international peace and security by planning, financing and carrying out terrorist attacks and spreading their deadly terrorist propaganda around the world.
The sanctions are part of the EU’s various humanitarian, development and peace and security initiatives to combat violence in Mozambique’s northern province of Cabo Delgado, where since 2017 a deadly insurgency is underway, the nonprofit says. International Crisis Group.
Website According to the United States Office of the Director of National Intelligence, 2019 ISIS has publicly recognized the insurgency as a unit, with Hassan as its overall leader and Omar as its senior military commander and coordinator of attacks.
Since 2017 October month. until 2021 Since March, ISIS-Mozambique has killed more than 1,300 civilians and the violence has killed another 2,500 people, including members of the security forces, civilians and suspected militants, US intelligence said.
The violence, according to the International Organization for Migration, has displaced about 1 million people in Cabo Delgado, with another 2 million in Cabo Delgado and the neighboring provinces of Niasa and Nampula in need of urgent humanitarian assistance.