The United States of America has imposed sanctions on two leaders of the deadly Boko Haram sect.
Two leaders of the group in Africa were named for economic sanctions as both are closely engaged in deadly attacks in Nigeria.
The US Treasury said Mohammed Nur, the commander of the insurgents who has represented the sect during the peace talks with the Nigerian authorities, was put on its financial blacklist for his involvement in suicide bomb attacks, comprising one on the United Nations headquarters in Abuja in 2011.
It added that Nur “is a senior Boko Haram member who supports Boko Haram’s campaign of violence against the government of Nigeria.”
The second Boko Haram leader put on the sanctions list is Mustapha Chad, a Chadian national who in 2013 commanded the activities of the group in Yobe state in northern Nigeria.
The sanctions add to US designations of Boko Haram as an world terror group two years ago. They aim to freeze assets of the people and lock them out of the world financial system.
The Treasury said in a statement: “From kidnapping schoolgirls to mass fatality terrorist attacks, Boko Haram represents a threat not just to innocents in Nigeria but to all civilized society.”
Last year the Boko Haram terrorists leader Abubakar Shekau was sanctioned by the United Nations Security Council.
The Islamist militant group was described in the UN listing as an affiliate of al Qaeda and the Organisation of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.