2 January 2013

Nigeria: U.S. State Department Daily Press Briefing: Nigeria

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Excerpt from the United States Department of State daily press briefing:

QUESTION: On Boko Haram --

MS. NULAND: Yeah.

QUESTION: -- can you tell us what the latest is you have on these apparent - the apparent killings by them of the Christians, and what action is the U.S. taking or assisting the government in this case?

MS. NULAND: I'm going to take that one, Indira, because I frankly don't have anything on Boko Haram today. But let me take that and we'll get back to you.

QUESTION: Okay.

MS. NULAND: Yeah.

QUESTION: Are you closer to naming them as an official terrorist organization?

MS. NULAND: Well, Dana, we'll continue to look at that, as we have for a number of months. I think there's always a question in these circumstances whether that's the most effective way to deal with the organization. As you know, we have named most of the kingpins of Boko Haram in individual sanctions to keep them from being able to benefit from the U.S. economy, et cetera. But there's also a question of whether some of the lower-ranking folk could be split, et cetera. So we're continuing to look at what makes most sense.

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