UN Al Qaeda committee asked to blacklist Boko Haram

May 21, 2014 - 1:29:30 am

UNITED NATIONS: Nigeria has formally asked the UN Security Council Al Qaeda sanctions committee to blacklist the Islamist militant group Boko Haram after the kidnapping of hundreds of schoolgirls.

If there is no objection by the 15-member council committee, which operates by consensus, Boko Haram will be sanctioned as of 1900 GMT tomorrow. The sanctions would include an international asset freeze, travel ban and arms embargo.

Boko Haram kidnapped more than 250 girls from a secondary school in Chibok in northeastern Nigeria on April 14. Eight other girls were taken from another village earlier this month.

The draft UN listing entry describes Boko Haram as an affiliate Of Al Qaeda and the Organization of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.

“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 draft narrative summary accompanying the proposed listing.