Boko Haram–Who they are, their origins and connections

Boko Haram

by Frud Bezhan

Newscast Media LAGOS—The Nigerian militant group Boko Haram has been in the
headlines after it kidnapped nearly 300 schoolgirls in the country’s volatile north in
recent weeks, and threatened to sell them as slaves.

The kidnappings took place in separate incidents, the largest in April, when more than
300 schoolgirls were seized , of which 276 remain in captivity, according to Nigerian
police. This week a further 11 girls were kidnapped in Borno state, where Boko Haram
has waged an Islamist uprising for the past five years.

The kidnappings have led to an international outcry and pledges of assistance from
various countries, and a $300,000 reward for information from the Nigerian