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US, Saudi Arabia Sanction Alleged Lashkar-e-Taiba Backers

FILE - A Kashmiri Muslim protester shouts slogans amid tear gas during a protest in Srinagar, Indian-controlled Kashmir, Oct. 30, 2015. Kashmiris were protesting the killing of Abu Qasim, a Pakistani national and operations chief of the Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group.

Saudi Arabia and the United States imposed joint sanctions targeting the Pakistan-based militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba, the two countries announced Thursday.

The sanctions targeted four individuals and two affiliated organizations, including James Alexander McLintock and the Pakistan-based Al-Rahmah Welfare Organization, which the U.S. Treasury Department said was a front for al-Qaida.

Also listed were Abdul Aziz Nuristani, the Jamia Asariya Madrassa, Naveed Qamar and Saudi Arabia-based Muhammad Ijaz Safarash, who was accused of arranging travel documents and financial transfers for Lashkar-e-Taiba from the kingdom.

The announcement marked the second time that the United States and Saudi officials have coordinated their actions to disrupt the finances of Islamist militant groups in South Asia.

Last April, they levied joint sanctions against the Al-Furqan Foundation Welfare Trust, also based in Pakistan and Afghanistan.