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US Treasury Sanctions Suspected ISIS Organizers and Financial Facilitators Based in South Africa

United States Treasury |

March 01, 2022

Play an increasingly central role in facilitating the transfer of funds from the top of the ISIS hierarchy to branches across Africa

Treasury sanctions ISIS financial organizers and facilitators based in South Africa

March 1, 2022

WASHINGTON – Today, the United States Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated four Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and ISIS-Mozambique financial facilitators (ISIS-M) based in South Africa. Members and associates of ISIS in South Africa are playing an increasingly central role in facilitating the transfer of funds from the top of the ISIS hierarchy to branches across Africa. ISIS operatives based in South Africa designated today under Executive Order (EO) 13224, as amended, provided support for the aforementioned transfers or served as leaders of state cells Islam in South Africa.

“The Treasury is taking this action to disrupt and expose key ISIS supporters who exploit the South African financial system to facilitate the funding of ISIS branches and networks across Africa,” the statement said. Under Secretary of the Treasury Brian E. Nelson. “The United States is working with our African partners, including South Africa, to dismantle Islamic State’s financial support networks on the continent.”

ISIS has recently tried to expand its influence in Africa through large-scale operations in areas where government control is limited. ISIS branches in Africa rely on local fundraising schemes such as theft, extortion of local people and kidnapping for ransom, as well as financial support from the state hierarchy Islamic.

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Between 2017 and 2018, Farhad Houmer helped organize and start operations of an ISIS cell based in Durban, South Africa. Hoomer, who is the head of the Durban-based ISIS cell, provided some of his known residential properties and vehicles registered in his name to sponsor the cell’s meetings and operational activities.

In his role, Hoomer claimed to have recruited and trained members of the cell and was in contact with ISIS-Democratic Republic of the Congo (ISIS-DRC) members and ISIS supporters throughout South Africa. South. Hoomer raised funds through kidnap-for-ransom and corporate extortion operations, which provided more than one million South African rand in revenue for his cell.

In 2018, South African authorities arrested Hoomer and his associates for their involvement in a plan to deploy improvised incendiary devices near a mosque and commercial and retail buildings.

Siraaj Miller, who leads a group of ISIS supporters based in Cape Town, has provided financial assistance to ISIS by training operatives to commit robberies to raise funds for ISIS. In 2018, Miller also helped acquire temporary havens for ISIS.