UK citizens added to UN sanctions list in drive to curb recruits to Isis

The United Nations will sanction four British citizens accused of helping ISIS, the British government says.

The sanctions are expected to include a ban on travel and freezing the assets of two men and two women who allegedly fought or recruited for the jihadist group in Syria. The government hopes that the punishments will discourage others from joining ISIS.

The four are described as 21-year-old Asqa Mahmood, 46-year-old Sally AnneJones, 28-year-old Abu-Said al-Britani (also known as Omar Hussain), and 21-year-old Nasser Muthana.

This is the first time in nearly a decade that the UK has asked the UN to add its citizens to a list of sanctioned jihadists.