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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.

BREAKING: Police arrest Boko Haram deputy unit commander in Abuja

BREAKING: Police arrest Boko Haram deputy unit commander in Abuja

BREAKING: Police arrest Boko Haram deputy unit commander in Abuja
BREAKING: Police engage Boko Haram suspects in gun battle in Kano state

BREAKING: Police engage Boko Haram suspects in gun battle in Kano state

The Nigerian police and some Boko Haram suspects have engaged in gun battle in Kano state. At the end of gun duel, three of the suspects were arrested.

BREAKING: Police engage Boko Haram suspects in gun battle in Kano state
13-year-old Boko Haram fighter, his accomplices surrender, beg for forgiveness (photo)

13-year-old Boko Haram fighter, his accomplices surrender, beg for forgiveness (photo)

Some Boko Haram terrorists have surrendered to the Nigerian army claiming they were misguided into joining the group and asked for forgiveness from Nigerians

13-year-old Boko Haram fighter, his accomplices surrender, beg for forgiveness (photo)
7 months after, Nigerian military finally reveals why it bombed Rann IDP camp

7 months after, Nigerian military finally reveals why it bombed Rann IDP camp

The DHQ said the main reason that caused the unfortunate airstrike near the IDP camp at Rann, was lack of appropriate marking around the IDP camp area.

7 months after, Nigerian military finally reveals why it bombed Rann IDP camp
Abubakar Shekau is in trouble as Buratai issues 40-day ultimatum to troops to capture Boko Haram leader

Abubakar Shekau is in trouble as Buratai issues 40-day ultimatum to troops to capture Boko Haram leader

Troops are to be on the move since the Nigerian army has given them a forty day ultimatum to capture Abubakar Shekau, the leader of the Boko Haram insulgent.

Abubakar Shekau is in trouble as Buratai issues 40-day ultimatum to troops to capture Boko Haram leader
See the face of injured Boko Haram terrorist rescued by the Nigerian army troop (Photo)

See the face of injured Boko Haram terrorist rescued by the Nigerian army troop (Photo)

A Boko Haram terrorist, Abba Mustapha, has been rescued by the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole, during an cross-fire exchange between the group and the army.

See the face of injured Boko Haram terrorist rescued by the Nigerian army troop (Photo)
How Boko Haram has launched 97 bomb attacks in Borno state - Media reports

How Boko Haram has launched 97 bomb attacks in Borno state - Media reports

Boko Haram insurgents have reportedly carried out 97 bombings in Borno state between March and June 2017, according to a media outlet based in the state.

How Boko Haram has launched 97 bomb attacks in Borno state - Media reports
Gwoza indigenes reveal how Boko Haram settles dispute, gives judgement in some Borno villages

Gwoza indigenes reveal how Boko Haram settles dispute, gives judgement in some Borno villages

Gwoza local government of Borno have revealed that Boko Haram terrorists still control some parts of the villages saying the claim by the military was wrong.

Gwoza indigenes reveal how Boko Haram settles dispute, gives judgement in some Borno villages
OPINION: Borno and consequences of Boko Haram insurgency

OPINION: Borno and consequences of Boko Haram insurgency

Youths become susceptible to bad influences’ and tend to turn easily towards crime and in most cases, violent and sophisticated crimes for survival. It is the

OPINION: Borno and consequences of Boko Haram insurgency
Senator Dino Melaye seeks N19m funds for boy paralysed by Boko Haram, Nigerians react (photos)

Senator Dino Melaye seeks N19m funds for boy paralysed by Boko Haram, Nigerians react (photos)

Nigerians have come out to blast Senator Dino Melaye for coming out to publicly seek N19 million funds for boy who was paralysed by Boko Haram 3 years ago.

Senator Dino Melaye seeks N19m funds for boy paralysed by Boko Haram, Nigerians react (photos)
See photos of Nigerian soldiers doing community work in Borno

See photos of Nigerian soldiers doing community work in Borno

Nigerian troops fighting insurgency in the northeast part of the country has on Wednesday July 19 took a break from their engagement against Boko Haram.

See photos of Nigerian soldiers doing community work in Borno
Osinbajo condemns recent abduction of women in Borno

Osinbajo condemns recent abduction of women in Borno

The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo has described the recent abduction of fourteen women by Boko Haram insugent in Borno state as “atrocious and cowardly.”

Osinbajo condemns recent abduction of women in Borno
Osinbajo speaks on Southern Kaduna violence, Boko Haram activities

Osinbajo speaks on Southern Kaduna violence, Boko Haram activities

Osinbajo vowed that no effort would be spared in identifying and bringing the perpetrators of the dastardly acts, against innocent Nigerians to justice.

Osinbajo speaks on Southern Kaduna violence, Boko Haram activities
Check out the beautiful lady who was recently kidnapped by Boko Haram in Borno (photos)

Check out the beautiful lady who was recently kidnapped by Boko Haram in Borno (photos)

Among the 10 women recently kidnapped is Serah John popularly known as Awa. A close friend Maria Mshelia took to her Twitter handle to share her pictures.

Check out the beautiful lady who was recently kidnapped by Boko Haram in Borno (photos)
It's a lie! Boko Haram did not bomb us on Sunday - University of Maiduguri cries out

It's a lie! Boko Haram did not bomb us on Sunday - University of Maiduguri cries out

The federal university of Maiduguri has debunked widely circulated report that the institution was attacked by the dreaded Boko Haram insurgents on July 16.

It's a lie! Boko Haram did not bomb us on Sunday - University of Maiduguri cries out
8 women suspected to be wives of Boko Haram terrorists and their 11 children caught while escaping (photo)

8 women suspected to be wives of Boko Haram terrorists and their 11 children caught while escaping (photo)

Troops of the 120 Task Force Battalion of the 27 Task Force Brigade have arrested a total of 30 women suspected to have ties with the Boko Haram terrorists.

8 women suspected to be wives of Boko Haram terrorists and their 11 children caught while escaping (photo)
Boko Haram: 6-year-old Chibok boy desperately in need of N19m for surgery in Dubai (photos)

Boko Haram: 6-year-old Chibok boy desperately in need of N19m for surgery in Dubai (photos)

During the Chibok girls' abduction, a 3-year-old boy had his spinal cord broken when a Boko Haram bike man rode on his back. He needs N19m for surgery in Dubai.

Boko Haram: 6-year-old Chibok boy desperately in need of N19m for surgery in Dubai (photos)
Boko Haram invades Borno again, destroys entire village of Korongilim

Boko Haram invades Borno again, destroys entire village of Korongilim

Boko Haram terrorists have invaded Korongilim village near Chibok local government area of Borno state and razed the village to ground by setting it on fire.

Boko Haram invades Borno again, destroys entire village of Korongilim
Soldiers intercept 2 Boko Haram bombers, one arrested, one neutralized

Soldiers intercept 2 Boko Haram bombers, one arrested, one neutralized

Two bombers belonging to the deadly terrorist group, Boko Haram, were arrested by the Nigerian army troops while they were attempting to detonate explosives.

Soldiers intercept 2 Boko Haram bombers, one arrested, one neutralized
Panic grips Maiduguri residents as multiple powerful explosions rock city

Panic grips Maiduguri residents as multiple powerful explosions rock city

About four explosives were detonated simultaneously while two other powerful sounds were also heard some 15 minutes later in the city, a report by NAN said.

Panic grips Maiduguri residents as multiple powerful explosions rock city
Opinion: Resurgence of Boko Haram attacks is about 2019 polls

Opinion: Resurgence of Boko Haram attacks is about 2019 polls

The effectiveness of the final phase of the exercise has cast a gloom on some politicians in Borno to the reality of the final termination of terrorists.

Opinion: Resurgence of Boko Haram attacks is about 2019 polls
We were given false information - Top Boko Haram leader, 3 others surrender to army (photos)

We were given false information - Top Boko Haram leader, 3 others surrender to army (photos)

A high-profile Boko Haram terrorist, Konto Fanami, as well as three other repentant terrorists have surrendered to the Nigerian Army on Monday, July 17

We were given false information - Top Boko Haram leader, 3 others surrender to army (photos)
See the terrible thing Boko Haram bike man did to this Chibok boy in Borno state (photos)

See the terrible thing Boko Haram bike man did to this Chibok boy in Borno state (photos)

On Monday, July 17, a young man took to his Facebook profile to reveal how a little Chibok boy was paralysed by one Boko Haram bike man in Borno state.

See the terrible thing Boko Haram bike man did to this Chibok boy in Borno state (photos)
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