US names Nigeria's Boko Haram and Ansaru 'terrorists

Thursday, 14 November 2013 - 8:00

The US has designated Nigeria's Boko Haram and Ansaru militant groups as foreign terrorist organisations.


The state department described the move as "an important" step to help Nigeria "root out violent extremism".


It means US regulatory agencies are instructed to block business and financial transactions with the groups.


Boko Haram wants to impose Islamic law in northern Nigeria, and has been blamed for thousands of deaths. Ansaru is seen as an off-shoot of Boko Haram.


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