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Islamic sect leader in Nigeria rejects sanctions

Sunday - 8/5/2012, 9:29am  ET

KANO, Nigeria (AP) - The leader of a radical Islamist sect in Nigeria has issued an online video dismissing recent U.S. sanctions placed against his group.

The video posted to YouTube shows Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau seated, a Kalashnikov assault rifle behind him. In the video, posted late Saturday, he speaks in the Hausa language of Nigeria's Muslim north and calls the United States "terrorists."

He also says the U.S. cannot freeze his assets. In June, the State Department listed him and two others as global terrorists. Designating these men as global terrorists blocks any assets the men may have in the U.S. and bars Americans from doing business with them.

Boko Haram is responsible for more than 650 killings this year, according to an Associated Press count.


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