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10 things you need to know about Boko Haram

Published on May 7, 2014 5:39 PM

Boko Haram, the group of militant extremists in Nigeria, have grabbed headlines in the past week thanks to their brazen kidnapping of 275 girls, aged between 16 and 18, from a boarding school in the town of Chibok on April 14.

After the group admitted to being responsible for the mass kidnapping, they abducted eight more girls, aged between 12 and 15, from the town of Warabe, also in the Borno state where Chibok is located, on Sunday.

Read on to learn the essentials about the group and its violent struggle in Nigeria.

1. "Boko Haram", loosely translated, means "Western education is forbidden" in the Hausa language. It is actually a nickname bestowed by people in the city of Maiduguri, where the group has its headquarters. The group's official name is actually Jama'atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda'awati wal-Jihad, which means "People Committed to the Propagation of the Prophet's Teachings and Jihad" in Arabic.

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