HISTORY OF BOKO HARAM
Boko Haram Insurgents, also known as the 'Islamic State In West Africa', is a terrorist group founded in the year 2002 by Muhammad Yusuf in the North Eastern part of Nigeria that has carried out assassinations and large-scale acts of violence in the country since the year 2009. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
When Muhammed Yusuf founded the group in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State, the original name was 'Jamaat Ahl al-Sunnah li-l-Daʿawah wa al-Jihād' (meaning "Association of the People of the sunnah for Preaching and Jihad”). View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
But later, the name 'Boko Haram(westernization is sacrilege) was given to it by its neighbors based on how they viewed its teaching and lifestyles. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
HOW IT ALL STARTED
Boko Haram gained widespread popularity in July 2009, after an incident in which the group had claimed that the Police used force on its members and decided to retaliate.
They launched their own attack on the Police force, killing scores of police in the process. When the police could not contain the situation, they involved the Nigerian military who took over the fight. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
The military launched attack on Boko haram and killed more than 700 Boko Haram members dead and destroyed the mosque that the group used as its headquarters. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
Yusuf and other leaders were arrested by the military and handed over to the police.
A few days later the corpses of Yusuf and his colleague were displayed in public; this in turn infuriated the group and they pledged to revenge through their new leader, Abubakar Shekau. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
In 2010, Boko Haram began to assassinate its targets which were mostly police officers.
Oneof their early attacks which gained widespread attention was when they attacked a prison in Borno State and released about 700 inmates out of which about 100 were boko haram members.
Their terrorist attacks have continued since then primarily in Nigeria’s northeast, north-central, and central states and typically focused on police, military, and government targets, as well as Christian churches and schools and some Muslim individuals. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
Things You Didn't Know About Boko Haram.
1. Their adopted name, Boko Haram, means "Western education is a sin". View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
2. They didn't start off as a terrorist group. In fact, they were not declared as a terrorist group by the federal government until June 2013. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
3. Their headquarters is located in Sambissa Forest, in Borno State. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
The Nigerian government with the help of neighboring countries, has made great progress against this deadly group for the past 10 years. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
The fight is still on against this deadly group and our prayer is that just one day, we would have a Nigeria free of Boko Haram insurgents.
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