U.S. Treasury announces two persons associated with terrorism

The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced on Wednesday that it designated two people in Indonesia as persons aiding terrorist groups Jemaah Islamiya and Jemmah Anshorut Tauhid.

Ahmad Sungkar and Afif Abdul Majid were named as aids to JI and JAT terrorist groups. Sungkar was said to be involved in fundraising for JAT and helping support JI members. Majid was named as a senior leader of JAT responsible for the recruitment of new members. The U.S. Treasury has ongoing efforts to help disband the financial and logistical support of terrorist groups worldwide; identifying persons responsible for acts of terror is part of its efforts.

"The threats posed by terrorist groups such as Jemaah Islamiya and Jemmah Anshorut Tauhid remain significant," Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David S. Cohen said. "We will continue to take action to protect the international financial system from illicit activity tied to these groups, making it ever more difficult for them to carry out their acts of violence."

In efforts to fight terrorism, the U.S. freezes all jurisdictions to persons associated with terrorist groups and U.S. citizens are also expected to discontinue all business with terrorist organizations and members.

Both JI and JAT have ties to al-Qaida. JI has been held responsible for the Bali bombing in 2002, which killed more than 200 people. JAT is known for its terrorist attacks against the Indonesian Government.