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US Places Sanctions on Ugandan Rebel Group

FILE - A Congolese refugee family displaced by fighting between the Congo army and a rebel group, Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), warm themselves around fire at Bukanga transit camp in Bundibugyo, Uganda, July 2013.

The United States has imposed sanctions on a Ugandan rebel group, one day after the U.N. Security Council did the same.

The U.S. Treasury said Tuesday it is sanctioning the Allied Democratic Forces for "targeting children in situations of armed conflict through rape, killing, abduction and forced displacement."

It said the group, which is based in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, launched attacks in the DRC last year that forced thousands of Congolese to flee into Uganda.

The Treasury says the group also is responsible for acts of beheading and rape and recruits children as young as 10 years old to fight against the Ugandan government.

The ADF was formed in the late 1990s. According to the U.N., most of its members are Islamists who want to establish Sharia law in Uganda.

On Monday, the U.N. Security Council imposed an asset freeze and a travel ban against ADF members.

The U.S. Treasury move freezes any financial interests the ADF has in areas under U.S. jurisdiction, and blocks Americans from engaging in transactions with the group.