Boko Haram, meaning "Western education is forbidden" in the local Hausa dialect, aims to establish Sharia law.

It's also known as Jama'atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda'awati Wal-Jihad, emphasizing the propagation of Islamic teachings and Jihad.

Boko Haram mainly operates in northern Nigerian states like Yobe, Kano, Bauchi, Borno, and Kaduna.

Initially, it was referred to as the Nigerian Taliban due to religious similarities.

Boko Haram abstains from Nigerian politics unless it aligns with Sharia law.

Founded around 2002 under Mohammed Yusuf, centered in Maiduguri.

Notable incidents include the 2009 uprising, the 2014 Chibok schoolgirls' abduction, and the group's pledge of allegiance to ISIS in 2015.

Boko Haram's actions have caused significant displacement and humanitarian crises.

Over time, several kidnapped individuals have been rescued or escaped captivity, but many remain missing.

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