UK authorities freeze assets of terrorists who joined fighting in Syria
In their attempts to curb the increasing number of Britons jointing the terrorist groups’ ranks in Syria, in a late bid to improve their image in the eyes of the world public opinion, the British authorities have announced freezing assets of some who are believed to have joined the fighting.
The BBC revealed that the British Treasury imposed sanctions on three Britons, two of them from Cardiff whose name came into the limelight lately upon the arrests of several men in it who either have joined or intended to join the terrorists’ ranks in Syria.
The list of “jihadists” who have had their assets frozen by the UK government included Nasser Muthana and Reyaad Khan, both 20, from Cardiff and a third man from Aberdeen, Ruhul Amin, according to the BBC.
Mr Muthana’s brother Aseel, 17, who is also understood to be in Syria told the BBC in an online conversation that he is willing to die in the fight in Syria.
Mr Muthana and Reyaad Khan appeared in an online video filmed in Syria apparently urging Muslims to join Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isis).
On Thursday a man claiming to be Nasser Muthana posted pictures of home-made bombs on a social media account.
“So the UK is afraid I come back with the skills I’ve gained,” he was quoted as saying.
The UK government’s concern over the return of skilled and well-experienced so-called “jihadists” from Syria, and recently from neighboring Iraq where Isis has cut a large swath through the country, has been echoed by senior officials of other European governments, who warned against the danger that could be posed by the terrorists’ return to their countries’ security.