British government bans Nigerian group Boko Haram

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Associated Press

Posted on July 8, 2013 at 10:34 AM

Updated Monday, Jul 8 at 11:03 AM

LONDON (AP) — Britain's government is banning Nigerian insurgent group Boko Haram, a move that makes membership of or support for the organization a criminal offense.

Britain's Home Office said in a statement Monday that Boko Haram would be added to its list of outlawed organizations, a roster of foreign and domestic terror groups that includes al-Qaida and the Irish Republican Army. 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.

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