London: The UN Security Council has imposed sanctions against Nigerian Islamist militant group Boko Haram, which had abducted over 200 schoolgirls April 14 and has terrorised the country.
The Boko Haram will now be added to the list of Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee's list of designated entities and subjected to an arms embargo and asset freeze, the BBC reported.
A UN official said that imposing sanctions on the militant group was necessary to support the efforts to "defeat Boko Haram and hold its murderous leadership accountable".
The sanctions would shut down important avenues of funding, travel and weapons for the group.
The announcement was made by the UN a day after twin bombings killed 122 people in the central Nigerian city of Jos.
The authorities suspect the Boko Haram of being behind them, but there has so far been no claim of responsibility from the group.