UN approves sanctions on Boko Haram as search for Nigerian girls continues


UNITED NATIONS • The U.N. Security Council officially declared on Thursday that Boko Haram is a terrorist group linked to al-Qaida and imposed sanctions against the Islamist militants who have carried out a wave of deadly attacks and the abduction of nearly 300 schoolgirls in Nigeria. U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power welcomed the council’s action, calling it “an important step in support of the government of Nigeria’s efforts to defeat Boko Haram and hold its murderous leadership accountable for atrocities.” Nigeria, which is serving a two-year term on the council, asked the…

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