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FTO Designation: Boko Haram and Ansaru


FTO Designation: Boko Haram and Ansaru

November 18, 2013

On Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, the United States Department of State announced the designation of Boko Haram and Ansaru as Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTOs). Boko Haram first carried out terrorist attacks in 2009, and Ansaru splintered from Boko Haram in 2012. The Department of State’s announcement of the official designation notes several highly lethal recent attacks carried out by Boko Haram and Ansaru against both domestic and international targets in Nigeria.

START has compiled the following background information on patterns of terrorist attacks by Boko Haram and Ansaru.

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