U.S. Places New Sanctions On Boko Haram, Leader Abu Musab Al-Barnawi
The U.S. Treasury has included Abu Musab Al-Barnawi, a factional leader of Boko Haram, on its sanctions list for global terrorism. Al-Barnawi’s group is suspected of being behind the abduction of girls from a school in Dapchi, a town in Yobe state.
The new sanctions by the U.S. Treasury Department target the Islamic State and its affiliate networks around the world.
The U.S. department added Boko Haram, also known as ISIS-West Africa, to the sanction list for global terrorism.
Mr. al-Barnawi and Mahad Moalim from Somalia and seven organizations in Africa and Asia, linked to Islamic State (ISIS), were added to the list.
Mr. al-Barnawi was the spokesperson for Boko Haram before the group pledged allegiance to ISIL.
Islamic State fighters were driven last year from all the population centres they occupied in both Syria and Iraq, but Washington still considers them a threat, capable of carrying out an insurgency and plotting attacks elsewhere, Reuters reported.
In Nigeria Boko Haram has remained a threat despite the government’s claim the group has been defeated.
Boko Haram fighters have continued to carry out deadly attacks and abductions — although on a reduced scale.
The group is believed to be responsible for the latest of such abductions last week, involving 110 secondary schoolgirls kidnapped from their dormitory in Dapchi, Yobe State.