US added Kashmir’s Hizbul Mujahideen to its blacklist of terrorist group

The United States added the Kashmiri separatist group Hizbul Mujahideen to its blacklist of terrorist organizations on Wednesday, amidst renewed protests against Indian oppression in the region.

US authorities had already designated the group’s leader, Syed Salahuddin, a “global terrorist”, but he is still able to operate in Kashmir, where his group has strong support.

The State Department designation bans US citizens and residents from dealing with the group and any assets found to belong to the Hizbul Mujahideen in areas under US jurisdiction will be frozen.

“Today’s action notifies the US public and the international community that Hizbul Mujahideen is a terrorist organization,” the department said.

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