US Names Two Boko Haram Leaders For Sanctions

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The United States has blacklisted two leaders of the terrorist Boko Haram sect for their various high level participation in the crimes perpetrated by the group.

The US has declared economic sanctions on two commanders of the deadly Boko Haram  group who have been terrorising Northern Nigeria for years now, Vanguard reports.

The US Treasury who singled out the two members, one Mohammed Nur and Mustapha Chad, saying both are closely involved in deadly attacks in Nigeria.

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According to the US Treasury, Mohammed Nur, a Boko Haram commander who has represented the group in negotiations with the Nigerian government, was placed on its financial blacklist for his involvement in suicide bomb attacks, including one on the United Nations headquarters in Abuja in 2011.

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The Treasury said Mohammed Nur, a Boko Haram commander who has represented the group in negotiations with the Nigerian government, was placed on its financial blacklist for his involvement in suicide bomb attacks, including one on the United Nations headquarters in Abuja in 2011.

Nur on the other hand “is a senior Boko Haram member who supports Boko Haram’s campaign of violence against the government of Nigeria,” the Treasury said.

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The second Boko Haram figure placed on the sanctions list is Mustapha Chad, a Chadian national who in 2013 directed Boko Haram activities in Yobe state in northern Nigeria, the Treasury said.

The sanctions, which seek to freeze assets of the individuals and lock them out of the global financial system, add to US designations of Boko Haram as an international terror group two years ago. The Treasury pointed out that earlier this year Boko Haram also pledged allegiance to the Islamic State jihadist group based in Syria and Iraq.

“From kidnapping schoolgirls to mass fatality terrorist attacks, Boko Haram represents a threat not just to innocents in Nigeria but to all civilized society,” said Treasury Acting Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Adam Szubin in a statement.

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