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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.

JUST IN: Heavy fighting between Boko Haram and soldiers in Bagaram

JUST IN: Heavy fighting between Boko Haram and soldiers in Bagaram

JUST IN: Heavy fighting between Boko Haram and soldiers in Bagaram
Panic as Boko Haram's bride disappears from camp

Panic as Boko Haram's bride disappears from camp

25-year old Aisha's disappearance stoked concern about the difficulty of deradicalising and reintegrating into the society, women seized by the jihadists.

Panic as Boko Haram's bride disappears from camp
Revealed! See the lists of diverted items meant for Bakassi IDPs

Revealed! See the lists of diverted items meant for Bakassi IDPs

The lists of relief materials meant for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) of Bakassi allegedly diverted has been revealed. The items include....

Revealed! See the lists of diverted items meant for Bakassi IDPs
How we TOTALLY defeated Boko Haram - Nigeria's defense chief makes intriguing revelation

How we TOTALLY defeated Boko Haram - Nigeria's defense chief makes intriguing revelation

The chief of naval staff has disclosed that total defeat of Boko Haram terrorists was mainly possible through the use of air power from the Nigerian Air Force.

How we TOTALLY defeated Boko Haram - Nigeria's defense chief makes intriguing revelation
Bloody day in Borno as Boko Haram launches deadly attack near Chibok

Bloody day in Borno as Boko Haram launches deadly attack near Chibok

Five persons have been confirmed dead while six others are still missing following an attack by Boko Haram militants on some villages near Chibok in Borno state

Bloody day in Borno as Boko Haram launches deadly attack near Chibok
Soldiers looted, burnt our villages after Boko Haram attacks - Borno residents allege

Soldiers looted, burnt our villages after Boko Haram attacks - Borno residents allege

Last week, the insurgents invaded the Borno state capital, Maiduguri through Ali dawari, killing two persons and injuring many residents, including minors.

Soldiers looted, burnt our villages after Boko Haram attacks - Borno residents allege
Soldiers ambushed in Damboa as Boko Haram cart away 2 Hilux vans

Soldiers ambushed in Damboa as Boko Haram cart away 2 Hilux vans

The incident took place in the night between soldiers and Boko Haram. We only saw a lot of bullets on the road and more presence of soldiers along the road.

Soldiers ambushed in Damboa as Boko Haram cart away 2 Hilux vans
UN envoy reveals how Boko Haram terrorists caused 11million children in northeast to drop out of school

UN envoy reveals how Boko Haram terrorists caused 11million children in northeast to drop out of school

UN says eleven million children are out of school in the north-east region of Nigeria as a result of the disastrous activities of terrorist group Boko Haram.

UN envoy reveals how Boko Haram terrorists caused 11million children in northeast to drop out of school
BREAKING: Confusion in Maiduguri over multiple explosion

BREAKING: Confusion in Maiduguri over multiple explosion

The blast which caused panic in the state has however been traced to the military who according to sources conducted a controlled testing of military equipment.

BREAKING: Confusion in Maiduguri over multiple explosion
Boko Haram: We have operated 290 weapon wounded patients in Borno - Red Cross

Boko Haram: We have operated 290 weapon wounded patients in Borno - Red Cross

The ICRC training was aimed at improving the skills needed by health workers especially those in the North-East region to care for the wounded patients.

Boko Haram: We have operated 290 weapon wounded patients in Borno - Red Cross
Nigerian troops get new mandate days after Shekau’ claimed responsibility for Maiduguri attack

Nigerian troops get new mandate days after Shekau’ claimed responsibility for Maiduguri attack

Olabanji’s claim comes days after the leader of a faction of the Boko Haram sect, Abu Shekau, released a video claiming responsibility for the latest attack.

Nigerian troops get new mandate days after Shekau’ claimed responsibility for Maiduguri attack
Troops arrest 24 suspected Boko Haram members in Edo

Troops arrest 24 suspected Boko Haram members in Edo

The Otaru of Auchi Kingdom in Edo state, His Royal Highness, Alhaji Aliru H. Momoh, on Monday June 12 announced the arrest of 24 suspected Boko Haram members...

Troops arrest 24 suspected Boko Haram members in Edo
Boko Haram's new tactic of carrying out attacks is TOTALLY shocking

Boko Haram's new tactic of carrying out attacks is TOTALLY shocking

Terrorists now pretend to be epileptic or stomach pain patients, attracting a large number of people to gather and express sympathy, only to detonate a bomb.

Boko Haram's new tactic of carrying out attacks is TOTALLY shocking
Troops kill top Boko Haram leader, rescues 9 hostages (photos)

Troops kill top Boko Haram leader, rescues 9 hostages (photos)

Soldiers attached to Operation Lafiya Dole in conjunction with some Civilian JTF have out a successful operation against some Boko Haram terrorists in Borno.

Troops kill top Boko Haram leader, rescues 9 hostages (photos)
JUST IN: Boko Haram strikes again in Borno, kills 2 as 1 critically injured

JUST IN: Boko Haram strikes again in Borno, kills 2 as 1 critically injured

Two local vigilante personnel were left dead on Saturday night June 10 after gunmen believed to be Boko Haram members attacked Yale village in Konduga Local Gov

JUST IN: Boko Haram strikes again in Borno, kills 2 as 1 critically injured
SEE AMAZING photos of HUGE aircraft bringing food to IDPs

SEE AMAZING photos of HUGE aircraft bringing food to IDPs

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) recently deployed a C-130H transport aircraft and Mi-17 helicopter in support of the new plan announced by the federal government.

SEE AMAZING photos of HUGE aircraft bringing food to IDPs
Boko Haram raid Adamawa village, THIS is what they were searching for

Boko Haram raid Adamawa village, THIS is what they were searching for

Kuda-kaya village in Madagali, Adamawa state was raided by Boko Haram terrorists to steal food and medical supplies, according to residents and security agents.

Boko Haram raid Adamawa village, THIS is what they were searching for
The war has just started! Top 7 things we learnt from the latest Shekau’s new propaganda video

The war has just started! Top 7 things we learnt from the latest Shekau’s new propaganda video

The dreaded Boko Haram sect concluded one ofthe deadliest raid on the Borno state capital, Maiduguri, this year so far by releasing a new propaganda video.

The war has just started! Top 7 things we learnt from the latest Shekau’s new propaganda video
Shekau speaks about Maiduguri attack in new propaganda VIDEO, gives ONE condition for peace

Shekau speaks about Maiduguri attack in new propaganda VIDEO, gives ONE condition for peace

Abubakar Shekau has released a new video celebrating the terrorist attack in Maiduguri and vowed that the attacks will continue until his conditions are met.

Shekau speaks about Maiduguri attack in new propaganda VIDEO, gives ONE condition for peace
Girl abducted by Boko Haram in 2015 escapes Sambisa with her baby

Girl abducted by Boko Haram in 2015 escapes Sambisa with her baby

Mumina Hamidu, a girl abducted by Boko Haram terrorists from her hometown, Mubi, Adamawa state. when she was 16, has escaped from her captors in Sambisa forest.

Girl abducted by Boko Haram in 2015 escapes Sambisa with her baby
Shekau releases video after Maiduguri attack, vows to continue 'war'

Shekau releases video after Maiduguri attack, vows to continue 'war'

The faction of the Boko Haram belonging to Abu Shekau has reportedly claimed responsibility for the recent sneak attack on Maiduguri, the capital of Borno.

Shekau releases video after Maiduguri attack, vows to continue 'war'
3 dead as 23 victims injured in Borno explosion are released from hospital

3 dead as 23 victims injured in Borno explosion are released from hospital

Dr Laraba Bello on Saturday said twenty-three of 34 last Wednesday's Maiduguri multiple bomb explosion victims on admission at the hospital have been discharged

3 dead as 23 victims injured in Borno explosion are released from hospital
JUST IN: Cameroon under heavy attack by suspected Boko Haram bombers

JUST IN: Cameroon under heavy attack by suspected Boko Haram bombers

L’Oeil du Sahel, a Cameroonian newspaper, reports that a bombing took place on Friday, in the vicinity of Bouvare (Kolofata) near the Nigeria-Cameroon border.

JUST IN: Cameroon under heavy attack by suspected Boko Haram bombers
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