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State Department Sanctions Pakistani Taliban Leader

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) – The State Department has sanctioned Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan leader Qari Hussain in an effort to cut off financial support to Hussain and the group.

The department said Thursday that Hussain is one of TTP’s top lieutenants and is among those who train the group's suicide bombers. He is particularly known for his recruitment of children as bombers.

“Today’s designation of Qari Hussain is in response to the wanton acts of violence he has perpetrated against the people of Pakistan and United States. Hussain’s sponsored operations have had a destabilizing effect on the region and his use of children to carry out suicide bombings is abhorrent,” said Ambassador Daniel Benjamin, the Department of State’s Coordinator for Counterterrorism.   “This case illustrates our continued resolve to undermine TTP senior leaders’ planning and coordination capabilities.”

Among attacks credited to Hussain and the TTP is a September 2010 attack that killed at least 54 during a rally in Quetta.

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