Overdue. From AP, :
LONDON, England (AP) — The Bank of England is ordering a freeze on any assets belonging to a terrorist group that claimed responsibility for kidnapping and beheading two Americans and one Briton in Iraq, Treasury chief Gordon Brown said.
Brown told lawmakers in the House of Commons Thursday that he had instructed the bank to direct all financial institutions in Britain to freeze any assets of the Jama’at Al-Tawhid Wa’al-Jihad group — known as Tawhid and Jihad.
Led by Jordanian terror mastermind Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the group said it abducted American engineers Eugene Armstrong and Jack Hensley and British engineer Kenneth Bigley last month. All three were beheaded.
“We must do all in our power to ensure there is no hiding place for terrorists and no hiding place for those who finance terrorism,” said Brown, whose official title is Chancellor of the Exchequer.