No U.S. terrorist designation yet for Boko Haram

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. State Department isn't ready to label a radical Nigerian Islamist sect as a foreign terrorist organization.

The Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans has sought that designation for Boko Haram, which is blamed for killing at least 792 people in 2012 alone according to an Associated Press count. CANA argues that the U.S. designation could sap international funding and support for Boko Haram, whose targets include Nigerian church services.

In Washington, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said the U.S. designated some Boko Haram leaders as terrorists in 2012, but added that there remains "a question of whether some of the lower ranking folk could be split."

She said the U.S. will continue to consider whether labeling Boko Haram as a foreign terrorist organization is the most effective way to deal with the group.

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173-w-33-(Steve Coleman, AP religion editor, with State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland)--The U.S. State Department isn't ready to label a radical Nigerian Islamist sect as a foreign terrorist organization. AP Religion Editor Steve Coleman reports. (2 Jan 2013)

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174-a-13-(Victoria Nuland, State Department spokeswoman, at briefing)-"with the organization"-State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland says the U.S. isn't ready to label the radical Nigerian Islamist sect Boko Haram as a foreign terrorist organization. (2 Jan 2013)

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175-a-18-(Victoria Nuland, State Department spokeswoman, at briefing)-"makes most sense"-State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland says the U.S. is still considering whether to label Boko Haram as a foreign terrorist organization. ((note length of cut)) (2 Jan 2013)

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