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What Is Boko Haram?

Boko Haram is an Islamic sect that believes politics in northern Nigeria has been seized by a group of corrupt, false Muslims, according to United States Institute of Peace. Its members want to create an Islamic caliphate ruled by sharia law in northeastern Nigeria. Background details Group is based in northeastern city of Maiduguri. Its self-proclaimed leader is Abubakar Shekau. Group began in 2002 as a non-violent Islamist splinter group. It launched an uprising in 2009,...

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