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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.

Your days are numbered! Nigerians react as Shekau reveals why UNIMAID was attacked

Your days are numbered! Nigerians react as Shekau reveals why UNIMAID was attacked

Your days are numbered! Nigerians react as Shekau reveals why UNIMAID was attacked
Who wins the peace after victory against Boko Haram? Analyst asks Nigerians

Who wins the peace after victory against Boko Haram? Analyst asks Nigerians

Security as repeatedly drummed is the collective responsibility of all, because when it is allowed to collapse or breached, it affects everybody, everywhere.

Who wins the peace after victory against Boko Haram? Analyst asks Nigerians
Delta commissioner praises Nigeria Army for taking over Sambisa forest

Delta commissioner praises Nigeria Army for taking over Sambisa forest

The Delta state commissioner for information, Mr. Patrick Ukah, has said that the gains recorded by the Nigerian army against the Boko Haram insurgents.

Delta commissioner praises Nigeria Army for taking over Sambisa forest
Another army Lieutenant killed by Boko Haram (photos)

Another army Lieutenant killed by Boko Haram (photos)

Another brave Nigerian soldier, Lieutenant Aminu Dangaw has recently lost his life in the battle against the Boko Haram insurgency in the northern part.

Another army Lieutenant killed by Boko Haram (photos)
Tears flow like River as 74-year-olds Boko Haram suspect, 3 others return to their families

Tears flow like River as 74-year-olds Boko Haram suspect, 3 others return to their families

The Nigerian army has continued to ensure that troops in the front line of Boko Haram war, oust the insurgents. Some suspects have been nabbed and others freed.

Tears flow like River as 74-year-olds Boko Haram suspect, 3 others return to their families
Just in: 10 killed as Nigerian Army helpers against Boko Haram come under attack

Just in: 10 killed as Nigerian Army helpers against Boko Haram come under attack

Not fewer than 10 members of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) have met an untimely end in the hands of unknown gunmen on Sunday, January 15 in Benue state.

Just in: 10 killed as Nigerian Army helpers against Boko Haram come under attack
Nigerian Army releases 257 Boko Haram detainees

Nigerian Army releases 257 Boko Haram detainees

At least 257 suspected Boko Haram detainees have regained their freedom, The Nigerian Army said at the 2017 Armed Forces Remembrance Day in Maiduguri.

Nigerian Army releases 257 Boko Haram detainees
Shekau is hiding in a new location - Buratai

Shekau is hiding in a new location - Buratai

Nigeria’s COAS Lt. Gen Tukur Buratai says that BH leader Shekau has move to another location after the military massive onslaught on the dreaded Sambisa Forest

Shekau is hiding in a new location - Buratai
How Borno government is undermining fight against Boko Haram - Religious group

How Borno government is undermining fight against Boko Haram - Religious group

It is sad that some people under certain organizations or political configuration are practically wishing and working for the terrorists to regroup.

How Borno government is undermining fight against Boko Haram - Religious group
Vigilante group kills 7 Boko Haram militants in Madagali

Vigilante group kills 7 Boko Haram militants in Madagali

Local vigilantes on Saturday, January 14, killed seven suspected Boko Haram fighters and seized a machine gun in Sabongari village in Madagali, Adamawa state.

Vigilante group kills 7 Boko Haram militants in Madagali
Boko Haram beheads 16 people in Cameroon

Boko Haram beheads 16 people in Cameroon

The military also said the operation against the group will be sustained to ensure all element of insurgency is wiped out from the North-East region of Nigeria.

Boko Haram beheads 16 people in Cameroon
See photos of Buhari, Saraki honouring fallen Nigerian soldiers

See photos of Buhari, Saraki honouring fallen Nigerian soldiers

President Muhammadu Buhari, the Senate President Bukola Saraki and the Chief of Army Satff Tukur Buratai laid wreaths on the graves of the fallen soldiers.

See photos of Buhari, Saraki honouring fallen Nigerian soldiers
SEE 12 fallen heroes and heroine honoured by Nigerian Air Force (LIST)

SEE 12 fallen heroes and heroine honoured by Nigerian Air Force (LIST)

Ebitimi Owei, a flight lieutenant and an F-7Ni pilot died after his air craft crashed in Hong local government area of Adamawa state due to bad weather.

SEE 12 fallen heroes and heroine honoured by Nigerian Air Force (LIST)
How “white man” was killed in Boko Haram battle – Chief of Army Staff

How “white man” was killed in Boko Haram battle – Chief of Army Staff

Someone with a lighter skin was involved in the firefight inside Sambisa Forest and was killed along with others, the Chief of Army Staff Tukur Buratai said.

How “white man” was killed in Boko Haram battle – Chief of Army Staff
Catholic priest with loaded rifle in Church causes uproar (Photo)

Catholic priest with loaded rifle in Church causes uproar (Photo)

A photo of a catholic priest at a military base in Yobe, ministering at the podium with a rifle strapped to his arms has generated a social media debate.

Catholic priest with loaded rifle in Church causes uproar (Photo)
Breaking: See photos of young army captain killed by Boko Haram

Breaking: See photos of young army captain killed by Boko Haram

An army officer, Captain Amajuoritse Jemide has reportedly been killed in active service in Yobe state. Captain Jemide, aged 32, was killed by bomb blast.

Breaking: See photos of young army captain killed by Boko Haram
Igbo guy says “Boko Haram is right”; gives crucial reasons

Igbo guy says “Boko Haram is right”; gives crucial reasons

Nwodo Ugochukwu notes that Boko Haram terrorists hide under the guise of religion to promote hatred and wreak havoc and calls for peaceful co-existence.

Igbo guy says “Boko Haram is right”; gives crucial reasons
Boko Haram burn down church in Yobe, then pastor does this

Boko Haram burn down church in Yobe, then pastor does this

A Nigerian pastor who has faced a lot in the hands of terrorist group Boko Haram has shown strong faith even as storm rages. The church of Pastor Aminu Sule

Boko Haram burn down church in Yobe, then pastor does this
10 terrorists killed, 3 gallant soldiers dead as Boko Haram, army engage in deadly shootout (photos)

10 terrorists killed, 3 gallant soldiers dead as Boko Haram, army engage in deadly shootout (photos)

The Nigerian Army engaged in a shootout with Boko Haram terrorists killing 10 of them while others escaped with gunshot wounds in Kangarwa area of Borno state.

10 terrorists killed, 3 gallant soldiers dead as Boko Haram, army engage in deadly shootout (photos)
Heartbreaking tale of how Madagali bomber died with baby strapped to her back

Heartbreaking tale of how Madagali bomber died with baby strapped to her back

NEMA says one of the three female suicide bombers that detonated their explosive devices in Madagali town on Friday, January 13 had a baby strapped to her back.

Heartbreaking tale of how Madagali bomber died with baby strapped to her back
4 oil workers rescued as DSS nabs Boko Haram member

4 oil workers rescued as DSS nabs Boko Haram member

It should be noted that employment into the service is conducted in the most transparent manner in line with laid down procedures and processes, the DSS said.

4 oil workers rescued as DSS nabs Boko Haram member
UPDATE: Scores of residents killed again as Boko Haram goes on rampage in Adamawa

UPDATE: Scores of residents killed again as Boko Haram goes on rampage in Adamawa

Though the casualty figure from the attack has not been formally revealed, security agents and rescue workers are said to be evacuating the dead from the scene.

UPDATE: Scores of residents killed again as Boko Haram goes on rampage in Adamawa
It’s not true, Boko Haram members are not Muslims, Islamist Jurist gives reasons

It’s not true, Boko Haram members are not Muslims, Islamist Jurist gives reasons

Nigerians have been told not to link the Boko Haram insurgents with Islam as it is believed that Islam is a religion of peace, love, justice and goodness.

It’s not true, Boko Haram members are not Muslims, Islamist Jurist gives reasons
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