U.N. Security Council blacklists Boko Haram

Boko Haram members

The group is now subject to an international asset freeze, travel ban and arms embargo

The United Nations Security Council committee on al Qaeda sanctions blacklisted extremist group Boko Haram Thursday after a request by the Nigerian government.

The decision makes it an offence for countries or individuals to provide any form of support to Boko Haram.

The group is now subject to an international asset freeze, travel ban and arms embargo.

The Nigerian government formally asked the United Nations Security Council, this week, to blacklist the extremist group.

The government had refused to seek broad international assistance against Boko Haram as its fighters killed and plundered for five years.

The group has heightened its attacks with multiple bombs killing hundreds of people in Abuja, Kano and Jos.

Its abduction of more than 250 schoolgirls in Chibok, Borno State has drawn international outrage.
“Today, the Security Council took an important step in support of the government of Nigeria’s efforts to defeat Boko Haram and hold its murderous leadership accountable for atrocities,” U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power said in a statement.

“By adding Boko Haram to the U.N.’s 1267 (al Qaeda) sanctions list, the Security Council has helped to close off important avenues of funding, travel and weapons to Boko Haram, and shown global unity against their savage actions,” she said.

The U.N. describes Boko Haram as an affiliate of al Qaeda and the Organization of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).

The U.N’s entry says “Boko Haram has maintained a relationship with the Organization of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb for training and material support purposes,” according to the narrative summary accompanying the listing.

“For example, Boko Haram gained valuable knowledge on the construction of improvised explosive devices from AQIM. A number of Boko Haram members fought alongside al Qaeda affiliated groups in Mali (in) 2012 and 2013 before returning to Nigeria with terrorist expertise,” it said.

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