US sanctions Islamic school in Pakistan for training militants
PESHAWAR (AP) - 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 US Department of the Treasury said in a statement on Tuesday.
Critics have long accused radical Islamic schools in Pakistan of brainwashing young boys and training them to become militants.
The US 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 has also been a significant financial facilitator for the group, moving hundreds of thousands of dollars to support operations, and managed logistics for Osama bin Laden's family members, the US said.