The United States has banned two individuals and seven groups for their involvement with the Middle East-based militant organization, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant-ISIL. A Bangladeshi group is also on this list. The US Treasury Department has issued the ban on Tuesday (February 27th), according to various international media.
According to the Treasury Department statement, the name of Abu Musab al-Barnawi of Nigeria and Mahad Moalim of Somalia are on the list of sanctions. Besides some groups of Bangladesh, Egypt, Philippines, Somalia, Nigeria, and Tunisia have been banned.
The United States named the Bangladeshi group which has been listed on the sanctions as the ISIL-Bangladesh. Through this step, the contact and transaction of US citizens with these groups has been blocked by the US laws. This means that any communication or support with these groups will be treated as an offense.
It has been said in the statement that in August 2014, Bangladeshi groups showed loyalty to IS. Since then, IS has claimed responsibility for multiple attacks in the country.
On July 1, 2016, 22 people from local and foreign countries were killed in a militant attack on Holey Artisan Bakery, Dhaka. Six people, including five militants, were killed in the commando raid. The Amaq News Agency, known as the IS mouthpiece, released the first news of the terrorist attack. IS claimed the responsibility for that attack.