Nigeria seeks UN sanctions on Boko Haram

AP News
Posted: May 20, 2014 11:28 AM

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Diplomats say Nigeria has asked the U.N. Security Council to impose sanctions on Boko Haram, the Islamic extremist group responsible for a wave of deadly attacks and the recent abduction of nearly 300 schoolgirls.

The diplomats said Tuesday that Nigeria asked the council committee monitoring sanctions against al-Qaida to add Boko Haram to the list of organizations subject to an arms embargo and asset freeze.

The diplomat said that unless a council member objects by the Thursday afternoon deadline, Boko Haram will be added to the al-Qaida sanctions list. They spoke on condition of anonymity because Nigeria's request has not been made public.

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The al-Qaida sanctions list currently includes 62 entities and groups, and 213 individuals who are also subject to travel bans.