Boko Haram

Boko Haram is a terrorist organization with its roots in northeastern Nigeria, linked to insurgency stemming from north Cameroon, Chad and Niger.

"Boko Haram" is a Hausa name which translates roughly as "Western education is forbidden", while the real Arabic name translates as "The Congregation of the People of Tradition for Proselytism and Jihad".

The sect was founded in 2002 by the late Mohammed Yusuf who was captured and executed by the Nigerian security forces in 2009. Until the government clamped down on the sect’s activities in 2009, the operations conducted by the sect were more or less peaceful. Since Abubakar Shekau, a former deputy to Yusuf’s era, violent attacks have escalated in terms of both frequency and intensity.

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The sect seeks to establish a "pure" Islamic state ruled by Sharia, putting a stop to what it deems Westernization. It proposes that interaction with the Western world is forbidden, and also supports opposition to the Muslim establishment and the government of Nigeria.

The group is known for attacking Christians, Muslim clerics and government targets, as well as for bombing churches, mosques, schools and police stations. The group is also notorious for kidnappings.

The violence linked to the Boko Haram insurgency has resulted in an estimated 20,000 deaths between 2002 and 2015.

On November 13, 2013, the United States government designated the group a terrorist organization. On May 22, 2014, the United Nations Security Council added Boko Haram to its list of designated al-Qaeda entities, bringing "funding, travel and weapons sanctions" against the terrorist group.

On the same day Boko Haram was officially declared a terrorist group affiliated to al-Qaeda and al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. International sanctions including assets' freeze, travel ban and arms embargo are imposed against the Islamist extremist group.

It was reported in August 2013 that Abubakar Shekau, the leader of Boko Haram, had been shot and deposed by members of his sect, but he survived.

He has taken responsibility for the April 2014 kidnapping of over 200 school girls in Chibok, Borno state, Nigeria.

Funding sources for Boko Haram are not certain, but is believed to be partially funded by bank robberies and by other Islamist groups.

Top wanted Boko Haram terrorist on most wanted list arrested in Ondo (photos)

Top wanted Boko Haram terrorist on most wanted list arrested in Ondo (photos)

Top wanted Boko Haram terrorist on most wanted list arrested in Ondo (photos)
FG to prosecute 1,600 Boko Haram suspects

FG to prosecute 1,600 Boko Haram suspects

The federal government of Nigeria through Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation has announced the resumption of the trial of suspected terrorists.

FG to prosecute 1,600 Boko Haram suspects
Northern traditional rulers are the worst target of Boko Haram - Sultan of Sokoto

Northern traditional rulers are the worst target of Boko Haram - Sultan of Sokoto

Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, the Sultan of Sokoto, has disclosed that northern traditional rulers, are the worst target of Boko Haram insurgents

Northern traditional rulers are the worst target of Boko Haram - Sultan of Sokoto
Boko Haram terrorists do not hold or control any area in the North-East - Army

Boko Haram terrorists do not hold or control any area in the North-East - Army

The Nigerian Army on Friday, September 22, said troops had reclaimed all territories earlier ransacked by Boko Haram insurgents in the North-Eastern part.

Boko Haram terrorists do not hold or control any area in the North-East - Army
This Nigerian man has been saving the lives of Boko Haram orphans

This Nigerian man has been saving the lives of Boko Haram orphans

The Nigerian lawyer also et up a school in the northeast of Nigeria where he educates the orphans of Boko Haram fighters and the children of dead soldiers.

This Nigerian man has been saving the lives of Boko Haram orphans
Nigerian soldier gets killed by Boko Haram weeks after telling his mom they will meet again if he dies in battle

Nigerian soldier gets killed by Boko Haram weeks after telling his mom they will meet again if he dies in battle

NAIJ.com gathered that the Nigerian Army lost a young, gallant soldier, Innocent Nuhu Tahiru, during a recent encounter with Boko Haram in Borno state.

Nigerian soldier gets killed by Boko Haram weeks after telling his mom they will meet again if he dies in battle
Air Force concludes operation Ruwan wuta, destroys more Boko Haram structures in northeast

Air Force concludes operation Ruwan wuta, destroys more Boko Haram structures in northeast

The Nigeria Air Force (NAF) has just concluded operation Ruwan Wuta, which was essentially an intensive day and night aerial bombardment of locations where...

Air Force concludes operation Ruwan wuta, destroys more Boko Haram structures in northeast
UN brokers deal to end use of children soldiers in battle against Boko Haram

UN brokers deal to end use of children soldiers in battle against Boko Haram

A landmark agreement between the UN and the Civilian Joint Task Force will end the use of children in the conflict against Boko Haram in north-east Nigeria.

UN brokers deal to end use of children soldiers in battle against Boko Haram
Mustapha Adinoyi, Boko Haram member remanded in federal prison

Kogi court remands alleged Boko Haram member in prison

A Lokoja Chief Magistrate Court ordered the remand of a suspected Boko Haram member, Mustapha Adinoyi over alleged involvement in terrorist activities.

Kogi court remands alleged Boko Haram member in prison
Boko Haram: United Nations raises alarm over continuous killings in Borno state

Boko Haram: United Nations raises alarm over continuous killings in Borno state

The humanitarian coordinator in Nigeria, Mr Edward Kallon, on Tuesday condemned the deadly attacks targeting innocent civilians in towns in Borno state.

Boko Haram: United Nations raises alarm over continuous killings in Borno state
Meet Nigerian soldier who sleeps in a grave every day as he fights Boko Haram (photos)

Meet Nigerian soldier who sleeps in a grave every day as he fights Boko Haram (photos)

A Nigerian soldier who was identified as Charles Sea took to the Facebook handle of Reverend Father Ejike Mbaka to reveal how he sleeps in a grave every day.

Meet Nigerian soldier who sleeps in a grave every day as he fights Boko Haram (photos)
UPDATED: Boko Haram kills chief Imam, 19 others in Borno

UPDATED: Boko Haram kills chief Imam, 19 others in Borno

Some suspected members of the dreaded Boko Haram sect on Sunday night, September 17 have killed the chief Imam of Kurmiri village of Titiwa ward about 15...

UPDATED: Boko Haram kills chief Imam, 19 others in Borno
Nigerian Air Force destroys more Boko Haram buildings in Sambisa

Nigerian Air Force destroys more Boko Haram buildings in Sambisa

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says it has destroyed more structures situated in Sambisa, Borno and being used by Boko Haram insurgents as meeting points.

Nigerian Air Force destroys more Boko Haram buildings in Sambisa
Boko Haram goes on rampage in Borno, kills 6 Civilian JTF in fierce attack

Boko Haram goes on rampage in Borno, kills 6 Civilian JTF in fierce attack

The ugly incident reportedly happened when the rampaging insurgents were firing guns towards an IDPs camp in Ngala local government area of Borno state.

Boko Haram goes on rampage in Borno, kills 6 Civilian JTF in fierce attack
Air Force fighter jets bomb Boko Haram buildings during terrorists’ meeting (video)

Air Force fighter jets bomb Boko Haram buildings during terrorists’ meeting (video)

The Nigerian Air Force has continued its operation against Boko Haram terrorists as its latest attack on their building led to the death of some of them.

Air Force fighter jets bomb Boko Haram buildings during terrorists’ meeting (video)
6 year-old Chibok boy run over by Boko Haram leaves Nigeria for surgery after sustaining spinal chord injury

6 year-old Chibok boy run over by Boko Haram leaves Nigeria for surgery after sustaining spinal chord injury

The Dickens Sanomi Foundation kept its promise last month to a six years old boy, Ali Ahmadu, from Chibok village, Borno State, who was run over by Boko Haram.

6 year-old Chibok boy run over by Boko Haram leaves Nigeria for surgery after sustaining spinal chord injury
Large numbers of Boko Haram terrorists ambushed by army, see what was recovered (photos)

Large numbers of Boko Haram terrorists ambushed by army, see what was recovered (photos)

The Nigeria army in furtherance of its fight against terrorism in the country ambushed some Boko Haram fighters and killed many of them on Sunday, September 10

Large numbers of Boko Haram terrorists ambushed by army, see what was recovered (photos)
See pictures of 3 Boko Haram commanders killed by army during operation

See pictures of 3 Boko Haram commanders killed by army during operation

The Nigerian Army has shared pictures of high ranking Boko Haram terrorists killed by soldiers during aerial bombardment on their hideout on Saturday, September

See pictures of 3 Boko Haram commanders killed by army during operation
2 female bombers killed by IEDs strapped to their bodies in Borno

2 female bombers killed by IEDs strapped to their bodies in Borno

A statement issued and signed by DSP Isuku Victor, the Police Public Relations Officer in Maiduguri, said eight people sustained injuries in the incident.

2 female bombers killed by IEDs strapped to their bodies in Borno
Just in: Boko Haram fires Rocket-Propelled Grenade into IDP camp, kills 7

Just in: Boko Haram fires Rocket-Propelled Grenade into IDP camp, kills 7

Seven people have been reported killed on Friday, September 8 after Islamist group, Boko Haram launched an attack on soft targets in n IDP camp in Borno state.

Just in: Boko Haram fires Rocket-Propelled Grenade into IDP camp, kills 7
Boko Haram's alleged computer specialists and herbalist arrested in Lokoja

Boko Haram's alleged computer specialists and herbalist arrested in Lokoja

Two Boko Haram suspects believed to be computer analysts and one, suspected to be a herbalist, have been arraigned at the Lokoja Chief Magistrate's Court.

Boko Haram's alleged computer specialists and herbalist arrested in Lokoja
8 missing as suspected Boko Haram terrorists attack Borno

8 missing as suspected Boko Haram terrorists attack Borno

Local and Civilian JTF sources have said that about 8 people were abducted on Thursday, September 7, when suspected Boko Haram terrorists attacked civilians.

8 missing as suspected Boko Haram terrorists attack Borno
How Buratai has managed to lead the Nigerian Army with 'international lenses' - Expert (Opinion)

How Buratai has managed to lead the Nigerian Army with 'international lenses' - Expert (Opinion)

Thus, the selfless and determined service of General Tukur Buratai to his fatherland has restored the confidence of other armies in Africa and the world.

How Buratai has managed to lead the Nigerian Army with 'international lenses' - Expert (Opinion)
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