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.