On 4 July, the EU updated its list of individuals and entities associated with Al-Qaida and the Taliban that are subject to targeted financial sanctions, a travel ban and the arms embargo imposed pursuant to Council Regulation (EC) No. 881/2002, as amended by Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No. 735/2014.
Abubakar Mohammed Shekau and the group Ansarul Muslimina fi Biladis Sudan (“Ansarul”) became the first individual and entity to be listed following the UN’s designation of Boko Haram on 22 May 2014. Abubakar Shekau is the purported leader of Boko Haram; Ansarul is a splinter group.
These measures follow a decision by the UN Security Council to sanction the same individual and group, described in ‘UN Updates Al-Qaida Sanctions List’, below.