NIGERIA: Politics :
Three Boko Haram Leaders Put on U.S. Terrorism List

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NIGERIA - In its first legal action against the northern Nigerian militant group Boko Haram, the U.S. State Department designated three of the group’s alleged leaders to its global terrorism list.
 
The move will freeze any U.S.-based assets held by Abubakar Shekau, Abubakar Adam Kambar and Khalid al-Barnawi and forbids any U.S. individuals or companies from engaging in transactions that would benefit the three individuals in any way. The designations come amid reports of escalating violence allegedly perpetrated by Boko Haram against a variety of targets, including Christian churches and federal government facilities, primarily in the northern and central regions of Nigeria. The latest wave of attacks, in which at least 50 people were killed, took place just recently against three churches in Zaria and Kaduna, setting off retaliatory raids by Christian groups. However designations are a delicate issue, as the US would not want to strain its relationship with the West African power house. Nigeria and the oil- and gas-rich Gulf of Guinea, provides the United States with about eight percent of its total oil imports, making it Washington’s biggest trading partner on the African continent. (END/RADIO BULLETIN EDITOR/2012)

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