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The Government of Nigeria, headed by President Goodluck Jonathan, has formally called on the United Nations to designate Boko Haram an affiliate of al Qaeda, which would allow for grater international sanctions to be placed on individuals and entities Nigeria believes to be funding Boko Haram’s operations. With an increasingly expanded capability to commit egregious acts of violence, a modernizing weapons arsenal, and a noticeable shift toward more advanced tactics of guerrilla warfare, experts have, for years, alleged international ties between known financiers of global terrorism and Boko Haram.

05/21/2014 Nigeria (Reuters) – Nigeria has formally asked the U.N. Security Council al Qaeda sanctions committee to blacklist the Islamist militant group Boko Haram after the kidnapping of hundreds of schoolgirls, U.N. diplomats said on Tuesday.

If there is no objection by the 15-member council committee, which operates by consensus, Boko Haram will be sanctioned at 3:00 p.m. EDT (1900 GMT) on Thursday, the council diplomats said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

“Difficult to object to such a request by the concerned country,” said one of the council diplomats.

Until recently, Nigeria has been reluctant to seek international assistance in combating Boko Haram.

The document submitted by Nigeria to support its blacklisting request references a bomb attack on the United Nations’ Nigeria headquarters on Aug. 26, 2011 that killed 24 people, diplomats said.

It also describes a “campaign of violence against Nigerian schools and students” by the group and references other attacks on schools last year, according to diplomats.

Boko Haram, which Western governments and Abuja say is linked to al Qaeda, kidnapped more than 250 girls from a secondary school in Chibok in remote northeastern Nigeria on April 14 and has threatened to sell them into slavery. Eight other girls were taken from another village earlier this month.

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