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UK bans Nigerian group Boko Haram

09 July 2013, 13:53

London - Britain's government is banning Nigerian insurgent group Boko Haram, a move that makes membership of or support for the organisation a criminal offense.

Britain's Home Office said in a statement on Monday that Boko Haram would be added to its list of outlawed organisations, a roster of foreign and domestic terror groups that includes al-Qaeda and the Irish Republican Army (IRA).

The move is subject to parliamentary approval.

Boko Haram, a radical Muslim group whose name means "Western education is sacrilege", has been blamed for a spate of brutal attacks across Nigeria, including one on Saturday which left at least 30 people dead when a dormitory was set ablaze while the students slept.

- AP


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