Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram blacklisted by UN

Published May 23rd, 2014 - 08:24 GMT

The United Nations has blacklisted Boko Haram as an al-Qaeda-linked terrorist group after the kidnapping of about 300 girls in Nigeria.

The UN Security Council’s al-Qaida Sanctions Committee blacklisted the Takfiri militant group during a session on Thursday.

The decision by the committee slaps Boko Haram with an arms embargo and asset freeze.

"We will work to try and make sure that anybody supplying any material assistance to Boko Haram -- whether funding or arms -- will in fact be stopped, will be deterred by the fact they too will be eligible for listing on the sanctions list," said the Australian Ambassador to the UN Gary Quinlan and the al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee chair.

However, the UN official said the move might not have any impact in practice.

"What will the practical impact of that be? Hard to say, but it's an essential step we had to take," Quinlan said, adding that the aim was to "dry up support" for the group.

Meanwhile, demonstrators marched to President Goodluck Jonathan's residence in the capital Abuja to express their anger over the government’s failure to release the abducted girls. They criticized the president's insensitivity and his refusal to meet them.

Many schools across the country also closed to condemn Boko Haram's crimes.

Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for a number of deadly gun and bomb attacks in various parts of Nigeria since 2009.

Over the past four years, violence in the north of Africa’s most populous country has claimed the lives of 3,600 people, including killings by the security forces.

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