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.

Jubilation as Nigeria army capture 167 Boko Haram terrorists within 2 weeks

Jubilation as Nigeria army capture 167 Boko Haram terrorists within 2 weeks

Jubilation as Nigeria army capture 167 Boko Haram terrorists within 2 weeks
Disarray in Boko Haram's camp as Albarnawi's faction launch deadly attack on Shekau's group

Disarray in Boko Haram's camp as Albarnawi's faction launch deadly attack on Shekau's group

Some locals who witnessed and fled the area for their safety said the confusion in the insurgents camp is a “battle of supremacy between Shekau and Albarnawi.”

Disarray in Boko Haram's camp as Albarnawi's faction launch deadly attack on Shekau's group
Governor Shettima cannot walk free on the streets - Ex-governor Sheriff raises serious allegation

Governor Shettima cannot walk free on the streets - Ex-governor Sheriff raises serious allegation

Former governor of Borno state, Ali Modu Sheriff has raised serious allegation against Governor Kashim Shettima accusing him of being the boss of Boko Haram.

Governor Shettima cannot walk free on the streets - Ex-governor Sheriff raises serious allegation
Military troops gallantly tackle Boko Haram insurgents in Borno

Military troops gallantly tackle Boko Haram insurgents in Borno

Nigerian soldiers are engaged in a gun-fight with Boko Haram terrorists in Mainok village, Kaga Local Government Area of Borno state according to an official.

Military troops gallantly tackle Boko Haram insurgents in Borno
UN agency gives national identity cards to Boko Haram displaced people in northeast

UN agency gives national identity cards to Boko Haram displaced people in northeast

UNHRC is set to give about 100,000 Nigerians displaced by Boko Haram national identity cards to help boost security and bring back peace in the northeast.

UN agency gives national identity cards to Boko Haram displaced people in northeast
New report exonerates Nigerian troops of complicity in abuse of displaced persons in northeast

Nigerian troops exonerated of complicity in abuse of displaced person in northeast - Report

GAW also proposed that necessary changes should be made in the running of the camps in addition to improving on the security at the various locations.

Nigerian troops exonerated of complicity in abuse of displaced person in northeast - Report
Nigerian army reacts to report that 6 soldiers were killed in Borno IDP camp

Nigerian army reacts to report that 6 soldiers were killed in Borno IDP camp

He further said that a military vehicle stepped on an IED device planted on Damboa Road on Sunday, noting that two soldiers lost their lives in the incident.

Nigerian army reacts to report that 6 soldiers were killed in Borno IDP camp
Fresh Maiduguri bomb attack leaves 3 dead, 7 injured

Fresh Maiduguri bomb attack leaves 3 dead, 7 injured

Three people were on Monday, December 11, killed while seven others sustained injuries following a bomber attack at an IDP’s camp in Pulka, Borno state.

Fresh Maiduguri bomb attack leaves 3 dead, 7 injured
Nigerian army berates Boko Haram, says group is not a representation of Islam

Nigerian army berates Boko Haram, says group is not a representation of Islam

The Nigeria Army Directorate of Islamic Affairs, Major General Mohammed Mohammed has condemned the activities of the Boko Haram terrorist organisation.

Nigerian army berates Boko Haram, says group is not a representation of Islam
People divulge army's information to Boko Haram - New theater commander raises alarm

People divulge army's information to Boko Haram - New theater commander raises alarm

The new theatre commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj-Gen Rogers Nicholas, has raised alarm that people are still providing information on locations of troops

People divulge army's information to Boko Haram - New theater commander raises alarm
I eliminated 5 Boko Haram commanders, 70 other terrorists under my watch - Former theater commander

I eliminated 5 Boko Haram commanders, 70 other terrorists under my watch - Former theater commander

The former theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Ibrahim Attahiru, has disclosed that the army operations under his watch killed five Boko Haram leaders.

I eliminated 5 Boko Haram commanders, 70 other terrorists under my watch - Former theater commander
Major change in Nigerian Air Force as female officers are now being trained to tackle Boko Haram, Abubakar reveals how

Major change in Nigerian Air Force as female officers are now being trained to tackle Boko Haram, Abubakar reveals how

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says it has reorganised its combat structure in the north-eastern part of the country for increased operational efficiency.

Major change in Nigerian Air Force as female officers are now being trained to tackle Boko Haram, Abubakar reveals how
Army says report about Boko Haram's ambush of Buratai is untrue

Army says report about Boko Haram's ambush of Buratai is untrue

The Nigerian army on Saturday, December 9, reacted to a report on social media that General Tukur Yusufu Buratai was attacked by Boko Haram terrorists.

Army says report about Boko Haram's ambush of Buratai is untrue
Buhari promises to crush Boko Haram as he visits Kano

Buhari promises to crush Boko Haram as he visits Kano

President Buhari on Wednesday, December 6, stated in Kano that the focus of his administration is to fight corruption, end insurgency, and restore the economy.

Buhari promises to crush Boko Haram as he visits Kano
Ex-pension boss Maina condoles with Borno attack victims

Ex-pension boss Maina condoles with Borno attack victims

The Nigeria's ex-pension boss Abdulrasheed Maina has condoled with the victims of a bomb attack which occurred in Biu local government area of Borno state.

Ex-pension boss Maina condoles with Borno attack victims
Nigerian Air Force immortalise victims of insurgency, commissions new hostel in Jos (photos)

Nigerian Air Force immortalise victims of insurgency, commissions new hostel in Jos (photos)

The governor plateau state said the people of the state would continue to be grateful to the NAF for its role in protecting lives and properties in the state.

Nigerian Air Force immortalise victims of insurgency, commissions new hostel in Jos (photos)
Nigerian army effects major shakeup in Operation Lafiya Dole

Nigerian army effects major shakeup in Operation Lafiya Dole

The army has carried out a major shakeup in the BH war with the appointment of Major General Nicholas as the new theatre commander for Operation Lafiya Dole.

Nigerian army effects major shakeup in Operation Lafiya Dole
Again, Nigerian troops clash with Boko Haram terrorists, 4 killed as weapons are recovered

Again, Nigerian troops clash with Boko Haram terrorists, 4 killed as weapons are recovered

Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman, director of army public relations, said four of the terrorists were killed in the clash and their weapons recovered.

Again, Nigerian troops clash with Boko Haram terrorists, 4 killed as weapons are recovered
Just in: Troops kill 3 Boko Haram insurgents, recovers ammunition in Borno

Just in: Troops kill 3 Boko Haram insurgents, recovers ammunition in Borno

The Nigerian army on Tuesday, December 5, claimed its troops had killed three Boko Haram insurgents in Sabsawa axis of Sambisa forest area of Operation.

Just in: Troops kill 3 Boko Haram insurgents, recovers ammunition in Borno
Why Nigerian army promoted its officers - Traditional warrior reveals (Opinion)

Why Nigerian army promoted its officers - Traditional warrior reveals (Opinion)

Instructively too, the army chief rummaged the conscience of the civil authority to step up efforts in the collective desire to finally defeat terrorism.

Why Nigerian army promoted its officers - Traditional warrior reveals (Opinion)
Just in: Nigerian Air Force releases video after pounding Boko Haram base, killing scores in Borno

Just in: Nigerian Air Force releases video after pounding Boko Haram base, killing scores in Borno

Days after attacking a major base of the Boko Haram sect in Bogumeri area of Borno state, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has released footage of the operation.

Just in: Nigerian Air Force releases video after pounding Boko Haram base, killing scores in Borno
Another look at Buratai’s victorious coat by Jerry Ajogwu (Opinion)

Another look at Buratai’s victorious coat by Jerry Ajogwu (Opinion)

It sounds paradoxical, but in Lieutenant General Buratai’s calculations, this principle worked in catering for families of soldiers and it worked for him.

Another look at Buratai’s victorious coat by Jerry Ajogwu (Opinion)
Boko Haram kid victim returns to Nigeria after successful N17m surgery in Dubai

Boko Haram kid victim returns to Nigeria after successful N17m surgery in Dubai

Young Ahmadu was flown to Dubai on September 10 this year under the guidance of GIPLC, a non governmental organization for a corrective surgery in Dubai.

Boko Haram kid victim returns to Nigeria after successful N17m surgery in Dubai
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