US to name Nigeria's Boko Haram as terrorist group

By REUTERS
November 13, 2013 02:31




WASHINGTON - The State Department will formally designate the Nigerian Islamist militant group Boko Haram as a "foreign terrorist organization" on Wednesday, congressional sources and others briefed on the matter said.

The designation is significant because it directs US law enforcement and regulatory agencies to block business and financial transactions with Boko Haram, which wants to impose Islamic law in northern Nigeria and has ties to al-Qaida.

The move makes it a crime under US law to provide "material support" to the group. A State Department spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


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