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3 Suspects Added to Terror Finance List

October 24, 2003

WASHINGTON (AP) _ The Bush administration Friday added to its list of suspected terrorist financiers three foreign individuals believed to be linked to a leading Islamic extremist group in Algeria.

The three individuals added are: Mokhtar Belmokhtar of Ghardaia, Algeria; Mustapha Nasri Ait El Hadi, Tunis, Tunisia; and Djamel Lounici, Algiers, Algeria, the Treasury Department said.

They are believed to be involved in the Salafist Group for Call and Combat, which has been previously designated by the government as a terrorist organization, the department said. That group ``continues to conduct operations aimed at government and military targets in Algeria and has ties to al-Qaida,″ the department said.

The U.S. government also added to its terrorist financier list one group _ Al-Bakoun ala al-Ahd Organization, also known as Faithful to the Oath _ which is located in Algeria and also is believed to have provided support to the Salafist Group for Call and Combat, the department said.

The action means any financial assets belonging to these new designations found in this country must be frozen. It also means they are prohibited from conducting any financial transactions in the United States and Americans are barred from doing business with him.

It was not known whether any of the new additions has bank accounts or other assets in the United States.


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