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Treasury blacklists 2 Indonesian militants

September 18, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Treasury has blacklisted two Indonesians for their alleged links to Islamic militant groups.

Treasury said Wednesday that 51-year-old Said Ahmad Sungkar raised funds for Jemmah Anshorut Tauhid, or JAT, which attacked Indonesian government personnel and civilians, and previously served as media chief for Jemaah Islamiyah, a Southeast Asia-based terrorist network with links to al-Qaida.

Also blacklisted is 58-year-old Afif Abdul Majid, described as a senior JAT leader who has overseen the recruitment and training of terrorists in Indonesia.

The Treasury action freezes any assets Sungkar and Majid may have in the U.S. and bars Americans from transactions with them.

Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation, has been battling Islamic militants since the 2002 bombings in Bali by Jemaah Islamiyah which killed 202 people, mostly foreign tourists.

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