World Bulletin / News Desk
The Turkish Council of Ministers has added the names of the leader of Boko Haram and an al-Qaeda group to a list of people and organizations being sanctioned, two days after the United Nations made the same decision.
Abubakar Mohammed Shekau, the leader of Nigeria's Boko Haram, was added to Turkey's list of “Entities and other groups and undertakings associated with Al-Qaeda”, according to the Official Gazette, published on Saturday.
The Ansarul Muslimina Fi Biladis-Sudan group - also known as Ansaru and which operates in Nigeria - was added to a list of “Individuals associated with al-Qaeda”.
The UN Security Council’s al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee approved the addition of Ansaru and Abubakar Mohammed Shekau to its list of individuals and entities subject to targeted financial sanctions and an arms embargo on 26 June.
According to the UN, Ansaru, which was established in 2012, is an armed splinter group of Jama'atu Ahlis-Sunna Lidda'Awati Wal Jihad (Boko Haram).
Under Shekau’s leadership, Boko Haram has been responsible for a series of major terrorist attacks, according to the UN.
The UN warns that, as a result of the new listings, any individual or entity that provides financial or material support to Ansaru and Abubakar Mohammed Shekau, including the provision of arms or recruits, is eligible to be added to the al-Qaeda Sanctions List and subject to sanctions measures.Last Mod: 28 Haziran 2014, 16:55