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UN Blacklists Nigerian Militant Group Boko Haram

Teachers join in a rally to call for the release of abducted schoolgirls held by Boko Haram and to demand better security, in Maiduguri, Nigeria, May 22, 2014.
Teachers join in a rally to call for the release of abducted schoolgirls held by Boko Haram and to demand better security, in Maiduguri, Nigeria, May 22, 2014.
Margaret Besheer
The U.N. Security Council, acting at the request of Nigeria, on Thursday imposed sanctions on Boko Haram in a bid to cut off funding and weapons to the extremist group.
 
Nigeria had requested the measure on Monday because of the recent surge in Boko Haram’s violent activities. The council moved swiftly, formally adding the group to its sanctions list, thus freezing assets and embargoing arms.
 
Australian Ambassador Gary Quinlan, who heads the al-Qaida sanctions committee, told reporters this is a first step toward cutting off international support to Boko Haram.
 
The sanctions aim to deter “the people who might be tempted to supply some kind of assistance” financially or through the sale of arms, Quinlan said, adding the council wanted “to dry up any sort of support for this group.”
 
Boko Haram, based in northeast Nigeria, has killed thousands of people since 2010 in its bid to force the government to adopt strict Islamic law. The group has been in the international spotlight since abducting almost 300 schoolgirls in northern Nigeria in mid-April.

Stepped-up attacks

In recent weeks, the group has stepped up the frequency and intensity of its attacks. Nigerian officials believe the militants are responsible for twin bombings in the central city of Jos on Tuesday that killed at least 118 people.
 
The militants are also blamed for attacks on three Borno state villages overnight Tuesday in which 48 people were killed.
 
Quinlan said there was clear evidence that Boko Haram fighters have trained with al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and fought alongside al-Qaida-linked groups in Mali. He also said that they have learned how to make improvised explosive devices, a hallmark of al-Qaida, and that the group’s leader has made strong statements supporting other al-Qaida affiliates in Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia and Yemen.
 
U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power said that adding Boko Haram to the council’s al-Qaida sanctions list is an important step in supporting the Nigerian government’s efforts to defeat the group and hold its leaders accountable for atrocities.
 
Power said the listing also will “close off important avenues of funding, travel and weapons to Boko Haram,” while showing global unity against what she called the militants’ “savage actions.”

Earlier this week, lawmakers extended a year-old state of emergency in the northeast, where Boko Haram has been most active.

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by: chukwuemeka ukor from: lagos, NiGeria
May 23, 2014 2:36 AM
I dont even know why the whole world body are fumbling here and there.if they know some of the locations where these terroists co-habit why not encircle them one by one to exterminate with all the military forces and drones put together.Evils just flourishjes for a while because good men kept quiet but in the long run the forces of good must defeat evil.it hjas always been thje laws of nature.

by: ali baba from: new york
May 22, 2014 6:25 PM
the UN resolution against BK is symbolic and has no effect at all. They get the arm from Libya. they get the money from Arab countries and Muslim who live in Us and Europe . they have the means to transfer money. regarding to travel , they can travel through desert and no visa is required

by: Brian from: NewZealand
May 22, 2014 5:45 PM
Send in SAS troops get the girls out and kill the rest

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