The U.N. Security Council al Qaeda sanctions committee blacklisted Nigeria’s Islamist militant group Boko Haram on Thursday after the kidnapping of hundreds of schoolgirls, diplomats said.
The sanctions on the group include an international asset freeze, travel ban and arms embargo. Until recently, Nigeria had been reluctant to seek international help to combat Boko Haram.
Boko Haram kidnapped more than 250 girls from a secondary school in Chibok in Borno State on April 14 and has threatened to sell them into slavery.
And in a related development, reports are indicting that a fresh attack by the group has claimed the lives of 29 farm workers in Borno State.
They were working on their fields in a village in the remote northeast when the incident occured, a police source told Reuters on Thursday.
The source at police headquarters for Borno State, in the heart of the insurgency, said around 10 more people had been wounded in Wednesday’s attack on Chukku Nguddoa, in which most of the village, including its grain store, were razed.