(JNS.org) The American Jewish Committee (AJC) praised the U.S. State Department’s decision to label Nigeria’s Boko Haram, along with its splinter group Ansaru, as a Foreign Terrorist Organization.
“Boko Haram’s murderous attacks in Nigeria, targeting Christians in particular, have been a deep concern for a long time,” AJC Executive Director David Harris said. “The U.S. designation both recognizes the reality of the threat Boko Haram presents and gives a boost, we hope, to the Nigerian government’s efforts to defeat this terrorist scourge.”
The State Department said that this designation would help U.S. and other law enforcement partners “to investigate and prosecute terrorist suspects.”
Religious conflict between the mainly Christian south and Muslim north has raged in Nigeria for decades. Boko Haram, which has links to al-Qaeda, calls for the formation of a “pure Islamic state” governed by Sharia law. It has attacked Christian targets, government offices, and moderate Muslims repeatedly since its formation in 2001.