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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.

Military denies resurgence of Boko Haram in North-East

Military denies resurgence of Boko Haram in North-East

Military denies resurgence of Boko Haram in North-East
NAF pilot speaks about the qualities of the newly acquired Mi-35M helicopter

NAF pilot speaks about the qualities of the newly acquired Mi-35M helicopter

Wing Commander Mohammed Bello Umar, a pilot on the newly acquired Mi-35M attack helicopters by NAF has explained some of the distinct features of the machine.

NAF pilot speaks about the qualities of the newly acquired Mi-35M helicopter
Heartbreaking: see gallant soldier killed by Boko Haram

Heartbreaking: see gallant soldier killed by Boko Haram

The Boko Haram war has cost Nigeria great resources, especially human resources. So many fine soldiers have been killed in battle against the jihadists.

Heartbreaking: see gallant soldier killed by Boko Haram
JUST IN: Again, Boko Haram Kills 7 In Maiduguri

JUST IN: Again, Boko Haram Kills 7 In Maiduguri

Three civilians and a suicide bomber were killed in Mainari Kanuri village, along Damboa/Biu Road, on the outskirts of Maiduguri according to reports.

JUST IN: Again, Boko Haram Kills 7 In Maiduguri
Hukumar sojin sama ta kaddamar da sabon hanyan da zata yaki ta’addanci (HOTUNA)

Hukumar sojin sama ta kaddamar da sabon hanyan da zata yaki ta’addanci (HOTUNA)

Ranar hukumar sojin sama (NAF) na shekarar 2017 ya zo karshe a Makurdi, jihar Benue tare da kaddamar da sabbain jiragen sama masu saukan ungulu na MI-35M.

Hukumar sojin sama ta kaddamar da sabon hanyan da zata yaki ta’addanci (HOTUNA)
Biafra: Man blast Osinbajo, says Nigeria is not destined to exist as entity

Biafra: Man blast Osinbajo, says Nigeria is not destined to exist as entity

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has been criticized over his comment that the greatness of the Nigeria lies first in its diversity and then in the size of the....

Biafra: Man blast Osinbajo, says Nigeria is not destined to exist as entity
BREAKING: Three dead as Boko Haram bombers hit Borno

BREAKING: Three dead as Boko Haram bombers hit Borno

At least three deaths have occurred after security stopped Boko Haram bombers attempting to sneak into Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, on Monday, April 24.

BREAKING: Three dead as Boko Haram bombers hit Borno
Jami’an tsaro sun dakile harin da yan Boko Haram suka kai a Adamawa

Jami’an tsaro sun dakile harin da yan Boko Haram suka kai a Adamawa

sojoji da yan sakai na maharba sun dakile wani hari da wasu ‘yan Boko Haram suka yi yunkurin kai wa a yankin Madagali a jihar Adamawa arewa maso gabas.

Jami’an tsaro sun dakile harin da yan Boko Haram suka kai a Adamawa
ALBISHIRINKU: Janaral sojin kasa guda 2 sun tsere daga harin Boko Haram

ALBISHIRINKU: Janaral sojin kasa guda 2 sun tsere daga harin Boko Haram

Janaral sojin kasa 2 zasu cigaba su godewa Ubangiji har yanzu domin mayakan Boko Haram suka so dauki rayuwarsu a jiya, Asabar, 22 ga watan Afrilu a jihar Borno.

ALBISHIRINKU: Janaral sojin kasa guda 2 sun tsere daga harin Boko Haram
JUST IN: Nigerian army arrests three foreign Boko Haram members after 2 hours gun battle

JUST IN: Nigerian army arrests three foreign Boko Haram members after 2 hours gun battle

In as a statement by the army spokesperson of the 28 Task Force Brigade, Mubi, Akinloye Badare, the Chadians were arrested in a foiled terrorist attack.

JUST IN: Nigerian army arrests three foreign Boko Haram members after 2 hours gun battle
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BREAKING: 2 Army Generals escape death, even as COAS charge troops to patriotism (Photos)

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) has charged troops to remain gallant and disciplined, the charge is coming just at a time when 2 Generals were almost killed.

BREAKING: 2 Army Generals escape death, even as COAS charge troops to patriotism (Photos)
Herdsmen: See what army recovered after a raid in Southern Kaduna (Photos)

Herdsmen: See what army recovered after a raid in Southern Kaduna (Photos)

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Herdsmen: See what army recovered after a raid in Southern Kaduna (Photos)
War against insurgency not won until the reminaing Chibok girls are found - Buhari

War against insurgency not won until the reminaing Chibok girls are found - Buhari

President Buhari made the remarks at the grand finale of the 53rd anniversary of the NAF held at its Tactical Air Command base in Makurdi, Benue state.

War against insurgency not won until the reminaing Chibok girls are found - Buhari
IPOB adopts news tactics as it allegedly protests with children

IPOB adopts news tactics as it allegedly protests with children

In what seemed like a change of tactics, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) may have jettisoned its previous mode of protest which involved youths......

IPOB adopts news tactics as it allegedly protests with children
Army chief Tukur Buratai reveals the secret for success in war against Boko Haram

Army chief Tukur Buratai reveals the secret for success in war against Boko Haram

Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai said the lessons he learnt from the Bangladesh National Defence while on course had been very useful in the counter insurgency operations

Army chief Tukur Buratai reveals the secret for success in war against Boko Haram
Nnamdi Kanu’s bravery has sent signal to Buhari that truth cannot be extinguished – IPOB

Nnamdi Kanu’s bravery has sent signal to Buhari that truth cannot be extinguished – IPOB

The Nnamdi Kanu led Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its Directorate of states on Friday April 21 said there is no more space for tyranny and repressive..

Nnamdi Kanu’s bravery has sent signal to Buhari that truth cannot be extinguished – IPOB
How young Ali escaped Boko Haram captivity, leaving behind his sisters

How young Ali escaped Boko Haram captivity, leaving behind his sisters

In carrying out its war against the Nigerian government, Boko Haram has kidnapped and enslaved thousands of women and children including thousands of young boys

How young Ali escaped Boko Haram captivity, leaving behind his sisters
Mutane 55 sun hallaka a kurkukun soji a Maiduguri – Amnesty Watch

Mutane 55 sun hallaka a kurkukun soji a Maiduguri – Amnesty Watch

Wata kungiyar yakin kwato hakkin dan adam, Global Amnesty Watch Foundation, ta bayyana cewa akalla mutane 55 ne suka ras rayukansu a firsinan soji da ke Bariki.

Mutane 55 sun hallaka a kurkukun soji a Maiduguri – Amnesty Watch
DA DUMI-DUMI: Rundunar sojin kasa ta tarwatsa harin Boko Haram a garuruwan Adamawa, Borno

DA DUMI-DUMI: Rundunar sojin kasa ta tarwatsa harin Boko Haram a garuruwan Adamawa, Borno

A yau ne sabon labari ta bayyana abunda ya faru tsakanin rundunar sojin kasa da yan kungiyar Boko Haram a jihohin Adamawa da Borno a yankin Arewa maso gabashin.

DA DUMI-DUMI: Rundunar sojin kasa ta tarwatsa harin Boko Haram a garuruwan Adamawa, Borno
Nigerian army successfully repel Boko Haram attacks on Adamawa, Borno towns

Nigerian army successfully repel Boko Haram attacks on Adamawa, Borno towns

The Nigerian Army troops successfully repelled a Boko Haram attack on Madagali and Liman Kara towns in Adamawa and Borno states, North-East Nigeria on Friday.

Nigerian army successfully repel Boko Haram attacks on Adamawa, Borno towns
How 55 people died in military detention in Maiduguri - Amnesty group

How 55 people died in military detention in Maiduguri - Amnesty group

A human right watch organisation, Global Amnesty Watch Foundation, has alleged that 55 people died in military detention at Giwa Barrack, Maiduguri, Borno.

How 55 people died in military detention in Maiduguri - Amnesty group
Allah Sarki: Boko Haram ta salwantar da rayuwar wani soja, sabon ango (Hotuna)

Allah Sarki: Boko Haram ta salwantar da rayuwar wani soja, sabon ango (Hotuna)

Rahotanni na nuna cewa wasu mayakan Boko Haram sun hallaka wani matashin soja kuma sabon ango a wani mummunan hari da suka kai garin Damboa na jihar Borno.

Allah Sarki: Boko Haram ta salwantar da rayuwar wani soja, sabon ango (Hotuna)
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Release Deji Adeyanju now or face the consequence, group warns Buhari, police

We can no longer afford to continue to fold our arms while a very tiny fraction of our society as represented by the police and the military deny us our rights.

Release Deji Adeyanju now or face the consequence, group warns Buhari, police
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