POLICE SAY SON STABBED MOTHER TO DEATH

Madison Township police were investigating a murder at a home on Burbank Road. Get the story.

US hits Islamist group in Mali with sanctions

By By MATTHEW LEE

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is imposing sanctions on a radical, Mali-based Islamist group and two of its top leaders.

The State Department and the Treasury on Friday blacklisted the Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa as a specially designated foreign terrorist group, which freezes any assets its members may have in U.S. jurisdictions and bans Americans from doing business with them. The designation also applies to the group's two main founders, Hamad el Khairy, and Ahmed el Tilemsi.

The group was created in September 2011 as an offshoot of Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb and is accused of numerous terrorist attacks and kidnappings of aid workers and diplomats in northern Mali and Algeria.

©2014 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.