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    Spanish National Court prosecutor Dolores Delgado on Tuesday lodged a complaint against Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau and several other of its members over the militant group’s violent actions against a Spanish nun in 2013.

    MADRID (Sputnik) — On May 22, 2013, Spanish nun Maria Jesus Garcia was subjected to harassment and violence when Boko Haram Islamists attacked the Nigerian town of Ganye, where she was staying as part of a religious mission. The nun was saved by the Nigerian intelligence agency and managed to leave the country.

    Boko Haram is accused of terrorism and crimes against humanity. The group, “carries out planned and systematic attacks on the civilian population of Nigeria,” Cameroon, Chad and Niger to establish an Islamic state, Spanish newspaper El Mundo quoted Delgado as stating.

    The prosecutor also cited other examples of the militants’ attacks, such as the abduction and possible murder of 276 Chibok school girls in April 2014.

    Spain is the first country to open legal proceedings against Boko Haram. The decision to accept or reject the claim will be taken by the judge of the National Audience of Spain, Fernando Andreu.

    In 2009, Boko Haram initiated military operations in Nigeria in order to impose Islamic rule in the country. Since its insurgency, 15,000 people have been killed and over a million others have been displaced, with 168,000 having fled to neighboring countries.

    The militant group, notorious for mass killings and kidnappings, currently operates in the border regions of four Western African countries — Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon.

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