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US sanctions Islamic school in Pakistan

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — The United States has placed unprecedented sanctions on an Islamic school in northwest Pakistan for allegedly training and financing fighters from Al Qaeda and other militant groups.

The sanctions against Jamia Taleem-Ul-Quran-Wal-Hadith Madrassa, also known as the Ganj Madrassa, in the city of Peshawar were the first to target an Islamic school, the Department of the Treasury said in a statement Tuesday.

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Critics have long accused radical Islamic schools in Pakistan of indoctrinating young boys and training them to become militants.

The United States also placed sanctions on a man accused of being Al Qaeda’s leader in the Pakistani provinces of Sindh and Baluchistan. Umar Siddique Kathio Azmarai also has been a significant financial facilitator for the group, moving hundreds of thousands of dollars, and managed logistics for Osama bin Laden’s family, the United States said.

The sanctions mean that any assets they may have under US jurisdiction are frozen, and US citizens are generally prohibited from doing business with them.

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