The United States of America has added two Sudanese al Qaeda-linked financiers to its lists of terrorists under Executive Order 13224, which targets terrorists and those providing support to terrorists or acts of terrorism.
The US State Department has disclosed the names of the terrorist as Abdelbasit Alhaj Alhassan Haj Hamad and Mohamed Makawi Ibrahim Mohamed.
According to US State Department, as result of this designation, all property subject to U.S. jurisdiction in which Abdelbasit and Makawi have any interest is blocked and any assets they may have under U.S. jurisdiction are frozen.
“U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with them.” – US State Department
The US considers the action helpful in stemming the flow of financial and other assistance to these terrorists.
In addition, the Department has authorized rewards of up to $5 million each for information leading to the capture of Abdelbasit Alhaj Alhasan Haj Hamad and Mohamed Makawi Ibrahim Mohamed, two of five individuals convicted in Sudan for the murders.
Abdelbasit and Makawi participated in the prominent armed attack in Khartoum, Sudan on January 1, 2008, killing U.S. diplomat serving with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), John Michael Granville, and Adbelrahman Abbas Rahama, a Sudanese USAID employee.
Reports say Abdelbasit shot Granville and Makawi killed Abbas Rahama during the attack.
In addition, the two notorious terrorists were convicted of murder and sentenced to death in a Sudanese criminal court in 2009.
The two terrorists remain at large when they escaped from prion in 2010, and killing one Sudanese police officer and wounded another while escaping from prison.
The attack occurred when two USAID officers were leaving a New Year’s Eve party in Khartoum.
Makawi had ties to the Sudan-based terrorist organization al-Qaida in the Land of the Two Niles, which conspired to attack other U.S., Western, and Sudanese targets.
Abdelbasit was the second shooter in the attack. He was born in Sudan and has used birthdates in 1979 and 1983. He also speaks English and Arabic.
John Granville, 33, was an American officer with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and ‘Abd A-Rahman ‘Abbas Rahama, 39, a locally employed driver with the agency.