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Boko Haram terror designation welcomed

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22 November 2013

AP

Escape: a former French hostage, Francis Collomp, second from right, is greeted by relatives as he arrives at the Villacoublay military airbase outside Paris, on Monday. Mr Collomp, an engineer, escaped from his abductors in Zaria, in the northern Nigerian state of Kaduna, and went to the nearest police station, said Kaduna State Police Commissioner Olufemi Adenaike. Police identified no suspects, but the Boko Haram splinter group Ansaru had claimed responsibility for his kidnapping 

Escape: a former French hostage, Francis Collomp, second from right, is greeted by relatives as he arrives at the Villacoublay military airbase outs...

CHURCH groups and campaigners welcomed the United States's decision last week to designate the Islamist group Boko Haram as a "foreign terrorist organisation and specially designated global terrorist" group. The White House Adviser for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, Lisa Monaco, said that by cutting off terrorist organisations from US financial institutions, and enabling banks to freeze assets held in the US, "these designations demonstrate our strong support for Nigeria's fight against terrorism, and its efforts to address security challenges in the north."

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