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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: Boko Haram fighter re-arrested after escaping from DSS custody

JUST IN: Boko Haram fighter re-arrested after escaping from DSS custody

JUST IN: Boko Haram fighter re-arrested after escaping from DSS custody
Grandmother BREASTFEEDS starving grandchild while running from Boko Haram (photos)

Grandmother BREASTFEEDS starving grandchild while running from Boko Haram (photos)

A grandmother in her 50s was forced to play the role of a breastfeeding mother to her grandchild after her daughter died about 40days after having her baby.

Grandmother BREASTFEEDS starving grandchild while running from Boko Haram (photos)
There's a diplomatic undertone to the fight against Boko Haram - Analyst

There's a diplomatic undertone to the fight against Boko Haram - Analyst

History will not judge them kindly should they continue to sustain their present posture of indifference or tacit support of terrorism in whatever guise.

There's a diplomatic undertone to the fight against Boko Haram - Analyst
Just in: Senior Boko Haram commander reportedly killed in Borno (Photo)

Just in: Senior Boko Haram commander reportedly killed in Borno (Photo)

Reports from Borno state say that a top commander of the Boko Haram insurgents Tukur Bama has reportedly been killed at Bolongu in Bama local government area.

Just in: Senior Boko Haram commander reportedly killed in Borno (Photo)
End of the road: About 1,300 Boko Haram members surrender to Nigerian security

End of the road: About 1,300 Boko Haram members surrender to Nigerian security

With the recent surrendering of over one thousand members of Boko Haram terrorists to Nigerian security men, the wear against insurgency may have been won.

End of the road: About 1,300 Boko Haram members surrender to Nigerian security
BREAKING: Nigerian Air Force fighter aircraft destroys Boko Haram terrorists’ vehicle mounted with anti-aircraft gun (Video)

BREAKING: Nigerian Air Force fighter aircraft destroys Boko Haram terrorists’ vehicle mounted with anti-aircraft gun (Video)

The Nigerian Air Force said it has successfully destroyed Boko Haram terrorists’ vehicle mounted with anti-aircraft gun yesterday February 24 in Borno state.

BREAKING: Nigerian Air Force fighter aircraft destroys Boko Haram terrorists’ vehicle mounted with anti-aircraft gun (Video)
Nigerian Air Force bombs Boko Haram hideout in Borno (video)

Nigerian Air Force bombs Boko Haram hideout in Borno (video)

The Nigerian Air Force has recorded another victory in the fight against terrorism as its latest operation decimated some Boko Haram members in Borno.

Nigerian Air Force bombs Boko Haram hideout in Borno (video)
While Shekau kills spokesman, Boko Haram in fresh trouble as more countries partner Nigeria to fight them

While Shekau kills spokesman, Boko Haram in fresh trouble as more countries partner Nigeria to fight them

The AU and member countries of the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) have signed two Memoranda of Understanding to fight against the Boko Haram terrorists.

While Shekau kills spokesman, Boko Haram in fresh trouble as more countries partner Nigeria to fight them
JUST IN: Boko Haram split deepens as Shekau kills spokesman

JUST IN: Boko Haram split deepens as Shekau kills spokesman

The leader of Boko Haram’s main faction, Abubakar Shekau, has admitted killing the group’s spokesman over an apparent plot to oust him as the hed of the group.

JUST IN: Boko Haram split deepens as Shekau kills spokesman
Lieutenant, 6 others killed in fresh Boko Haram attack

Lieutenant, 6 others killed in fresh Boko Haram attack

The factional terrorists' commander had said his group will focus on hitting hard target like military formation and the police in opposition to Shekau's attack

Lieutenant, 6 others killed in fresh Boko Haram attack
Who will rescue Nigeria from evil neighbours? By Bala Usman

Who will rescue Nigeria from evil neighbours? By Bala Usman

Not to be overlooked is the countless times that terrorists had carried out attacks in Nigeria only to flee over the border into the safety of our neighbours.

Who will rescue Nigeria from evil neighbours? By Bala Usman
OPINION: All eyes on Harun Elbinawi by Gabriel Onoja

OPINION: All eyes on Harun Elbinawi by Gabriel Onoja

It is okay to have sympathy for a country like Iran but not when that nation has consistently demonstrated that it will happily sabotage Nigeria for its own end

OPINION: All eyes on Harun Elbinawi by Gabriel Onoja
Boko Haram: Defence chiefs from Nigeria, Cameroon, others in closed door meeting

Boko Haram: Defence chiefs from Nigeria, Cameroon, others in closed door meeting

Chiefs of Defence Staff of member countries of Lake Chad Basin Commission are meeting in Abuja to review the security situation in the region due to B' Haram

Boko Haram: Defence chiefs from Nigeria, Cameroon, others in closed door meeting
"Investigate French government's activities with Boko Haram" - University lecturer, group warn

"Investigate French government's activities with Boko Haram" - University lecturer, group warn

The fact that these terrorists’ instructors were declared as French nationals should have provoked diplomatic fallout but France maintained a deafening silence.

"Investigate French government's activities with Boko Haram" - University lecturer, group warn
JUST IN: Amnesty International blackmailing Nigeria – Defence Headquarters raises alarm

JUST IN: Amnesty International blackmailing Nigeria – Defence Headquarters raises alarm

DHQ said the report is contrived lies orchestrated to blackmail and ridicule the Nigerian Armed Forces which they have unsuccessfully tried to do in the past.

JUST IN: Amnesty International blackmailing Nigeria – Defence Headquarters raises alarm
Boko Haram killed 336 Nigerian soldiers between 2009 and 2016

Boko Haram killed 336 Nigerian soldiers between 2009 and 2016

About 336 Nigerian soldiers, 5,929 Boko Haram members and 7,136 civilians were killed due to activities of insurgents in the region between 2009 and 2016.

Boko Haram killed 336 Nigerian soldiers between 2009 and 2016
Five days after Boko Haram bombed Borno, Osinbajo declares group defeated

Five days after Boko Haram bombed Borno, Osinbajo declares group defeated

Just days after Boko Haram bombers attacked Borno state and killed several people, acting president Yemi Osinbajo has declared the insurgent group defeated.

Five days after Boko Haram bombed Borno, Osinbajo declares group defeated
Tension as Boko Haram relocate to Kogi state

Tension as Boko Haram relocate to Kogi state

Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi said that following the technical defeat of the Boko Haram insurgency, its fleeing members had found a safe haven in his state.

Tension as Boko Haram relocate to Kogi state
There's an international conspiracy to destroy Nigeria's economy - Expert

There's an international conspiracy to destroy Nigeria's economy - Expert

Major oil companies, not to mention powerful western nations such as France, have a vested interest in maintaining their profits from West African oil.

There's an international conspiracy to destroy Nigeria's economy - Expert
How corruption is aiding Boko Haram's attacks in Nigeria - Transparency International

How corruption is aiding Boko Haram's attacks in Nigeria - Transparency International

A report by Transparency International has revealed that the growth of Boko Haram insurgency and other extremists groups are aided by corruption in the society.

How corruption is aiding Boko Haram's attacks in Nigeria - Transparency International
Emir Sanusi moves to stop poor men from marrying many wives

Emir Sanusi moves to stop poor men from marrying many wives

It is a big law which covers a whole range of issues from consent to marriage, to maintenance to divorce, to maintenance of children and inheritance.

Emir Sanusi moves to stop poor men from marrying many wives
Foreign conspirators culpable in Boko Haram, expert suggests

Foreign conspirators culpable in Boko Haram, expert suggests

Indeed, our oil has become a curse to us, rather than a blessing. And our neighbors should be good friends if peace must continue to reign in Africa.

Foreign conspirators culpable in Boko Haram, expert suggests
See heartbreaking moment when widow meets the coffin of her US army hero husband killed by Boko Haram (Video)

See heartbreaking moment when widow meets the coffin of her US army hero husband killed by Boko Haram (Video)

The corpse of a US special officer killed by Boko Haram, has arrived the States, and tears have continued to flow endlessly as his widow welcomes the coffin.

See heartbreaking moment when widow meets the coffin of her US army hero husband killed by Boko Haram (Video)
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