Terrorist Designations of Khan Said and Ramzi Mawafi

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
October 21, 2014

The Department of State has designated Khan Said and Ramzi Mawafi as Specially Designated Global Terrorists under Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, which targets terrorists and those providing support to terrorists or acts of terrorism. The consequences of these designations include a prohibition against U.S. persons engaging in transactions with Said and Mawafi, and the freezing of all property and interests of Said and Mawafi that are in the United States, or come within the United States or the possession or control of U.S. persons.

Khan Said became deputy leader of Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) following the death of Wali-ur-Rehman in May 2013. Said has had experience fighting in Afghanistan, is believed to be involved in the attack on a Naval base in Karachi, Pakistan, and is also credited with masterminding a 2012 jailbreak in which the Taliban freed 400 inmates in the northwestern city of Bannu, Pakistan. The Mehsud faction of TTP, led by Said, split from TTP in May 2014. In a public statement following the split, Said stated his continued commitment to terrorist activity.

Ramzi Mawafi is an Egyptian national and long-time al-Qa’ida member best known as the former doctor to Usama bin Laden. Mawafi also served as an explosives expert for al-Qa’ida. Mawafi escaped from an Egyptian prison in 2011, and is now believed to be in the Sinai Peninsula coordinating among militant groups and helping to arrange money and weapons to support violent extremist activity.