Boko Haram added to Security Council sanctions list

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Security Council chamber. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

The Nigerian militant group Boko Haram has been added to a UN Security Council list of terrorist groups.

Boko Haram is now considered an affiliate of the outlawed Middle Eastern group Al Qaida and is subject to financial sanctions and an arms embargo.

Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for many acts of terror, including the recent abduction of more than 230 girls in Nigeria who are still missing.

The US Ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power welcomed the Council's decision to list the group saying it was important to hold its "murderous leadership accountable for atrocities."

Any individual or group that provides financial or material support to Boko Haram is also eligible to be added to the Al Qaida Sanctions List.

The UN Secretary-General recently said the threat posed by the group is not an isolated issue and requires the international community to strengthen counter-terrorism measures.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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