Ottawa Citizen

Afghan group gets terrorist designatio­n


An Afghan resistance group responsibl­e for the deaths of at least two Canadian soldiers has been designated a terrorist group under the Criminal Code of Canada.

The government announced yesterday that Hezb- e- Islami Gulbuddin has become the 40th organizati­on recognized as terrorists under Canadian law.

The group, known as HIG, is headed by former Afghan prime minister Gulbuddin Hekmatyar and has ties to both al- Qaeda and the Taliban.

The group has been known to kidnap, torture and kill civilians, aid workers, political leaders and journalist­s. The group seeks the overthrow of Afghan President Hamid Karzai and the creation of a fundamenta­list state.

On Oct. 2, 2003, two Canadian soldiers riding aboard an Iltis jeep in the Kabul area were killed by anti- tank mines believed to have been planted by HIG to ambush the patrol.

With HIG listed as a terrorist entity, its Canadian assets can be seized and Canadians can be imprisoned for aiding, financing or being members of the organizati­on.

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