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The State Department on Wednesday branded Boko Haram, the homegrown Islamist insurgent movement in Nigeria that has ties to Al Qaedaâ€™s regional affiliate in North and West Africa, as a foreign terrorist organization.
The designation allows the United States to freeze assets, impose travel bans on known members and affiliates, and prohibit Americans from offering material support to the organization, which the State Department says is responsible for thousands of deaths in northeast and central Nigeria over the last several years including targeted killings of civilians.
The department also put the same label on Ansaru, a Boko Haram splinter faction that this year kidnapped and executed seven international construction workers....