On 20th February, the US Department of State has designated Ansarul Islam as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT).  It says that Ansarul Islam is a terrorist group based in Burkina Faso. The group has launched numerous attacks in northern Burkina Faso near the border with Mali, including a December 2016 attack against an army squad that killed a dozen soldiers, one of the deadliest ever attacks against Burkina Faso’s military. Ansarul Islam also carried out a February 2017 strike on 2 police stations in the country and is believed to be responsible for the March 2017 murder of a school director and another man in Kourfayel, Burkina Faso.

The OFAC listing provides additional information – ANSARUL ISLAM (a.k.a. ANSAR AL-ISLAM; a.k.a. ANSAR UL ISLAM OF MALAM BOUREIMA DICKO; a.k.a. ANSAROUR ISLAM; a.k.a. ANSAR-UL-ISLAM LIL-ICHAD WAL JIHAD; a.k.a. DEFENDERS OF ISLAM; a.k.a. “IRSAD”), Douna, Mali; Soum Province, Burkina Faso; Burkina Faso; Selba, Mali [SDGT].


Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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