UN blacklists Islamist extremists from group in Libya, involved in Benghazi attack

November 20, 2014 01:41

UNITED NATIONS - The UN Security Council on Wednesday blacklisted two branches of the Islamist extremist group Ansar al-Sharia in Libya, which Washington says was behind the 2012 Benghazi attack that killed the US ambassador and three other Americans.

Ansar Al Sharia Benghazi and Ansar Al Sharia Derna, both associated with al-Qaida, were added to the al-Qaida sanctions list and will face an arms embargo and a global travel ban and asset freeze, UN diplomats said.

"Both groups are responsible for acts of terror in Libya, including bomb attacks, kidnappings, and murder," British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said in a statement. Britain, France and the United States initiated the action.

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