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Expert expresses doubts over Boko Haram sanctions

Boko Haram is probably beyond the reach of global sanctions, but attempts to curb the Nigerian Islamists’ reign of terror is an indication of growing international commitment, analysts said.

The United nations, UN, Security Council, last week, designated the extremist group as an Al-Qaeda-linked organisation, cementing long-held suspicions of its ties to militants in the global jihadi movement.

However, in spite of sanctions designed to cut off overseas funding and support for the sect, which kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls last month, there are doubts about what impact they might have on the ground.

Boko Haram has for several years now existed beyond the formal parameters where an arms embargo or asset-freeze would affect the group,” Jacob Zenn, from the Jamestown Foundation think-tank in the United States, told AFP.



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