Chibok Girls Release: Boko Haram At A Glance



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Photo: AFP

Founded in 2002, initially focused on
opposing Western-style education – Boko Haram means “Western education
is forbidden” in the Hausa language.

Launched military operations in 2009.

Thousands killed, mostly in north-eastern Nigeria, hundreds abducted, including at least 200 schoolgirls.

Seized large area in north-east Nigeria, where it declared caliphate.

Joined so-called Islamic State, now calls itself IS’s “West African province”.

Regional force has now retaken most of the captured territory.

Group split in August after rival leaders emerged.

Soure: The BBC

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