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Boko Haram militants seized northeastern Nigerian town of Chibok

Boko Haram militants seized the northeastern Nigerian town of Chibok, the town from where they kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls in April 2014.

Nov 15, 2014 10:10 IST
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Nigerian town of Chibok: seized by Boko Haram militants
Boko Haram militants on 14 November 2014 seized the northeastern Nigerian town of Chibok. The town is same from where they kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls in April 2014.

Over recent months, Boko Haram has repeatedly targeted villages around Chibok and claims that the group is fighting to create an Islamic state in Nigeria.

About Chibok
Chibok is a local government area of Borno State, Nigeria and is located in the south of the state. As per 2006 census it has a population of about 66 thousand. Primarily, it is a Christian village with a Muslim minority and most people of the village speaks the Kibaku language.


About Boko Haram

The militant group Boko Haram means Western education is forbidden in the Hausa language was founded in 2002. It is officially called Jama'atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda'Awati Wal-Jihad (People Committed to the Prophet's Teachings for Propagation and Jihad) initially opposed Western education but in 2009 it launched military operation to create Islamic state.

The militants of the group have attacked police and UN headquarters in capital, Abuja. In their attacks thousands have been killed and about three million people have been affected. It was declared as a terrorist group by US in November 2013.

 

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