US slaps sanctions against 'trainer of suicide bombers'

US slaps sanctions against 'trainer of suicide bombers'

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton designated Hussain as a foreign terrorist leader and slapped sanctions against him. The United States is widening its scope in going after alleged extremist leaders in Pakistan.

Hussain is one of TTP's top lieutenants and also serves as the trainer and organiser of the group's suicide bombers.He is believed to have trained the Jordanian militant Humam Muhammad Abu Mulal al-Balawi – the double-agent whose suicide mission on December 30, 2009, in Khost, Afghanistan, killed seven Americans.

"Training camps organized by Hussain are notorious for recruiting and training men of all ages as suicide bombers, and Hussain has gained particular notoriety for his heavy recruitment of children," the State Department said in a statement.

"Qari Hussain is one of TTP's top lieutenants and also serves as the trainer and organizer of the group's suicide bombers," the state department said.

This action will help stem the flow of finances to Hussain by blocking all property subject to US jurisdiction in which Hussain has an interest and prohibiting all transactions by US persons with him.

TTP has already been designated as foreign terrorist organisation. Hussein is widely considered to be the deadliest of all TTP's commanders. He and TTP have taken responsibility for many lethal suicide bombings throughout Pakistan.

Such attacks have included a November 2009 car bomb in Peshawar, Pakistan; two attacks on Pakistani government offices in Lahore; a September 2010 attack on a rally in Quetta that killed at least 54 people; a second September 2010 attack on a Shia procession in Lahore, which killed 33; and a September 2010 car bomb in Lakki Marwat, Pakistan, that killed at least 17 people, including four children.

"Today's designation of Qari Hussain is in response to the wanton acts of violence he has perpetrated against the people of Pakistan and United States.

Hussain's sponsored operations have had a destabilising effect on the region and his use of children to carry out suicide bombings is abhorrent," said Ambassador Daniel Benjamin, the Department of State's Coordinator for Counterterrorism