Boko Haram news

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.

Many feared dead as Boko Haram struck Borno communities again

Many feared dead as Boko Haram struck Borno communities again

Many feared dead as Boko Haram struck Borno communities again
Nigerian writer pens down heartwarming piece to soldiers fighting Boko Haram (Opinion)

Nigerian writer pens down heartwarming piece to soldiers fighting Boko Haram (Opinion)

Panic, exasperation and anxiety replaced comportment and all the Naija people thought the end to their wretched lives had come. But it was all a fluke.

Nigerian writer pens down heartwarming piece to soldiers fighting Boko Haram (Opinion)
After deadly strike in Borno, Boko Haram terrorists attack 2 communities in Adamawa

After deadly strike in Borno, Boko Haram terrorists attack 2 communities in Adamawa

Boko Haram terrorists have attacked two communities in Madagali Local Government Area that resulted in a gun battle between them and security operatives.

After deadly strike in Borno, Boko Haram terrorists attack 2 communities in Adamawa
Good news as Boko Haram killings reduce by 80% in Nigeria

Good news as Boko Haram killings reduce by 80% in Nigeria

The 2017 Global Terrorism Index, GTI, has been released, and Nigeria for the third year running remains the third most terrorised nation in the world.

Good news as Boko Haram killings reduce by 80% in Nigeria
Analyst reviews how soldiers, Nigerian army served the nation in 2017 (Opinion)

Analyst reviews how soldiers, Nigerian army served the nation in 2017 (Opinion)

But it was met with the stiffest resistance they had ever encountered since 2011, when insurgents peaked heinous atrocities against the Nigerian state.

Analyst reviews how soldiers, Nigerian army served the nation in 2017 (Opinion)
We have firmly settled in Sambisa forest - Boko Haram release new video of gun fight with soldiers

We have firmly settled in Sambisa forest - Boko Haram release new video of gun fight with soldiers

As the army continues its fight against terrorism, Boko Haram terrorists have released a video displaying some military tanks it claimed to have seized .

We have firmly settled in Sambisa forest - Boko Haram release new video of gun fight with soldiers
Who are Boko Haram sponsors and are they really guilty?

Who are Boko Haram sponsors and are they really guilty?

Will all the ★ Boko Haram sponsors ★ ever face justice? Find out those that may be the sponsors of the most violent terrorist organization in Nigeria!

Who are Boko Haram sponsors and are they really guilty?
Boko Haram runs riot, kills 2, burns several houses in Borno village

Boko Haram runs riot, kills 2, burns several houses in Borno village

Two persons were killed and many others feared injured as Boko Haram insurgents attacked Maikadiri village in Askira-Uba local government area of Borno state.

Boko Haram runs riot, kills 2, burns several houses in Borno village
Abuja was always under terrorists' attack - Expert highlights Buhari successes since assuming office (Opinion)

Abuja was always under terrorists' attack - Expert highlights Buhari successes since assuming office (Opinion)

A good leadership is essential to every government and to the numerous people, groups and organizations that contribute to shape the way we live, work and play.

Abuja was always under terrorists' attack - Expert highlights Buhari successes since assuming office (Opinion)
Troops in Borno receive spiritual blessing from Bishop for their fight against Boko Haram (photos)

Troops in Borno receive spiritual blessing from Bishop for their fight against Boko Haram (photos)

Troops of the 7 Division, Nigerian Army, have been lauded by Rt Revd Emmanuel Morris, Anglican Bishop of Maiduguri Diocese, for their fight against Boko Haram.

Troops in Borno receive spiritual blessing from Bishop for their fight against Boko Haram (photos)
FG concludes first phase of Boko Haram prosecution - Apata

FG concludes first phase of Boko Haram prosecution - Apata

The federal government of Nigeria says it has completed the first phase of prosecution of Boko Haram suspects in its custody, with the next phase to begin soon.

FG concludes first phase of Boko Haram prosecution - Apata
Great news! Borno begins building 20 mega schools for 54,000 kids

Great news! Borno begins building 20 mega schools for 54,000 kids

The destruction unleashed by Boko Haram in Borno state has led to a general decline in the state of education, schools and other educational facilities.

Great news! Borno begins building 20 mega schools for 54,000 kids
Adamawa attack: How Nigerian troops killed 42 Boko Haram terrorists after fierce gun battle

Adamawa attack: How Nigerian troops killed 42 Boko Haram terrorists after fierce gun battle

Nigerian troops of “Operation Lafiya Dole,” stationed in Madagali, Adamawa state on Monday, November 6, showed courage by repelling an attack by Boko Haram.

Adamawa attack: How Nigerian troops killed 42 Boko Haram terrorists after fierce gun battle
Normalcy returns to Adamawa village after Boko Haram attack

Normalcy returns to Adamawa village after Boko Haram attack

Normalcy is gradually returning to Gulak, headquarters of Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa as military repelled Monday night attempt by Boko Haram.

Normalcy returns to Adamawa village after Boko Haram attack
Update: Panic as explosions rock Maiduguri, 4 female bombers killed while 6 farmers are injured

Update: Panic as explosions rock Maiduguri, 4 female bombers killed while 6 farmers are injured

The report said the twin explosions are happening about a week after security officers intercepted two bombers with explosives strapped on their bodies.

Update: Panic as explosions rock Maiduguri, 4 female bombers killed while 6 farmers are injured
Season of letters! Nigerian troops serving under Operation Lafiya Dole write emotional letter to Buhari, Buratai

Season of letters! Nigerian troops serving under Operation Lafiya Dole write emotional letter to Buhari, Buratai

Nigerian troops serving the country under the operation tag, ‘Operation Lafiya Dole’ have written an emotional letter to President Buhar and COAS Buratai.

Season of letters! Nigerian troops serving under Operation Lafiya Dole write emotional letter to Buhari, Buratai
Breaking: Boko Haram launches fresh attack in Adamawa

Breaking: Boko Haram launches fresh attack in Adamawa

Members suspected to be of Boko Haram on Monday night, November 6, attacked Bakin Dutse village as they advanced to Gulak administrative headquarters in Adamawa

Breaking: Boko Haram launches fresh attack in Adamawa
Suspected Boko Haram bombers attack Adamawa residents

Suspected Boko Haram bombers attack Adamawa residents

There was panic in Tsilda village, in Madagali local government area of Adamawa state after two bombers detonated explosive devices and killed two people.

Suspected Boko Haram bombers attack Adamawa residents
Soldiers launch deadly attack against Boko Haram in latest operation; make important recoveries (photos)

Soldiers launch deadly attack against Boko Haram in latest operation; make important recoveries (photos)

The Nigerian army has continued its onslaught against the deadly Boko Haram group as its latest operation led to the killing of one of the terrorists.

Soldiers launch deadly attack against Boko Haram in latest operation; make important recoveries (photos)
Boko Haram insurgents hit Borno again, kill several people; abduct 10

Boko Haram insurgents hit Borno again, kill several people; abduct 10

Some heavily-armed men believed to be members of the Boko Haram sect have again attacked Borno state killing several people and abducting at least 10 others.

Boko Haram insurgents hit Borno again, kill several people; abduct 10
Breaking: Army kills dozens of Boko Haram, rescues 6-year-old boy

Breaking: Army kills dozens of Boko Haram, rescues 6-year-old boy

The Nigerian Army on Saturday said it nutrialised dozens of Boko Haram insurgents in an ambush, while they were attempting to cross over to Sambisa forest .

Breaking: Army kills dozens of Boko Haram, rescues 6-year-old boy
Breaking: Nigerian Air Force destroys Boko Haram building in Sambisa forest, neutralises mass gathering of fighters (video)

Breaking: Nigerian Air Force destroys Boko Haram building in Sambisa forest, neutralises mass gathering of fighters (video)

The Nigerian Air Force, NAF, said the air component of “Operation Ruwan Wuta II” hit a “mass gathering” of Boko Haram terrorists in their hideout at Sambisa.

Breaking: Nigerian Air Force destroys Boko Haram building in Sambisa forest, neutralises mass gathering of fighters (video)
Borno youths begin football competition in Sambisa forest

Borno youths begin football competition in Sambisa forest

The youth from Gubio local government area of Borno state were organized by the Nigerian army into 16 football teams to play for a competition in Sambisa.

Borno youths begin football competition in Sambisa forest
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