ABOUT BOKO HARAM

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This ex­trem­ist mil­i­tant Is­lamist group, founded in 2002, pro­motes a strict ver­sion of Is­lam law which for­bids Mus­lims to take part in any ac­tiv­ity as­so­ci­ated with West­ern so­ci­ety – such as vot­ing in elec­tions, wear­ing shirts and trousers or re­ceiv­ing a sec­u­lar ed­u­ca­tion. It launched mil­i­tary op­er­a­tions in 2009 to cre­ate an Is­lamic state and in 2013 it was de­clared a ter­ror­ist group by the USA. Most of its ter­ri­tory has been re­cap­tured by Nige­rian mil­i­tary, but mil­lions of peo­ple have been dis­placed in the on­go­ing con­flict in Nige­ria and neigh­bour­ing coun­tries.

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