Boko Haram  

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The Congregation and People of Tradition for Proselytism and Jihad — better known by its Hausa name Boko Haram (pronounced [bōːkòː hàrâm], "Western education is sinful") — is an Islamic jihadist militant organisation based in the northeast of Nigeria, north Cameroon and Niger. Founded by Mohammed Yusuf in 2001, the organisation seeks to establish a "pure" Islamic state ruled by sharia law, putting a stop to what it deems "Westernization." The group is known for attacking Christians and government targets, bombing churches, attacking schools and police stations, but also members of the Islamic establishment. From 2009 to 2013, violence linked to the Boko Haram insurgency has resulted in an estimated 3,600 killed, including 1,600 civilians.

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