US identifies 2 Afghan militants as global terrorists

Washington: The Obama administration has identified two Afghan militants as specially designated global terrorists, hitting them with sanctions for their roles in deadly attacks in Kabul, including one that killed Americans.

The State and Treasury departments today slapped the designation on Abdullah Nowbahar and Abdul Saboor, a step that freezes any assets they may have in US jurisdictions and bars Americans from any transactions with them.

In February 2015, the State Department offered rewards of up to USD 3 million for information leading to the whereabouts of Saboor and up to USD 2 million for Nowbahar.

The two men are explosives experts for the militant group Hezb-i-Islami.