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5 Quick Facts About Boko Haram

Written by Femi

1) They Recruit Fighters at a prime age

Human rights watch dog revealed that the Islamic group recruits young children from age 11 above, and they undergo clandestine Military training in unknown camps.

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2) Group despises Christians– Although their primary aim is to create a Muslim caliphate, the terrorist organization are also against practicing Christianity.

The group’s leader Abubakar Shekau, described this hatred in an undated YouTube video.

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“Either you are with us, I mean, we are Muslims who are following solid footsteps, or you’re with Obama, Francois Hollande, George Bush … Ban Ki-moon and his people generally, any unbeliever … kill, kill, kill,”

“This war is against Christians, I mean Christians generally.”

3) Group started with Mohammed Yusuf

He founded the sect in 2002 and was highly influential in the sustenance of Boko Haram. However in the 2009 sectarian violence that resulted in the death of many, Yusuf was summarily executed in public view by the Nigerian police.

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4) Boko Haram’s meaning

Boko Haram means “Western Education is forbidden’’ and group’s official name “Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati wal-Jihad”, in Arabic, translates “People Committed to the Propagation of the Prophet’s Teachings and Jihad”

Boko Haram’s beliefs though are in contrast to their mode of operations. For example, the Islamic group is against the use of Westernize equipments, but to publicize their sinister acts, Boko Haram uses Western means.

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5) They love violence

The International Crisis Group estimates that Boko Haram has killed more than 4000 people in Nigeria. It’s still unknown how this terrorist organization is funded. Recently, some villages in the North Central have experienced attacks by unknown gunmen believed to be Boko Haram insurgents. Reports explained that this gunmen killed innocent villagers and carted away with food items. Chemical weapons were also used in some of the numerous raids.

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