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March 25, 2020

Nigeria
Women, Boko Haram, and Suicide Bombings

As the military dislodged Boko Haram in 2015 from the territory it had captured and occupied earlier, victims of suicide bombers grew as a proportion of those the group killed through August 2018. Between June 2014, when Boko Haram reportedly deployed its first female suicide bomber, and February 2018, about 468 women and girls have been deployed or arrested in 240 suicide attacks, killing roughly 1,200 and injuring some 3,000.

Women, wrapped in red, organge, and blue cloth, carry green parcels on their head and walk past armed soldiers in military fatigues on a bridge separating Cameroon and Nigeria, in Gamboru Ngala, Borno, Nigeria.

February 13, 2020

Nigeria
Military Failures Mount in Borno Against Boko Haram

The security situation around Borno’s capital, Maiduguri, appears to be going from bad to worse. On February 9, The Boko Haram faction Islamic State in West African (ISWA) shot or burned alive some thirty people sleeping in their cars and trucks that night outside the town of Auno, some ten miles from Maiduguri. They also kidnapped others.

Nigerian soldiers in military fatigues hold their helmets up and to the right in a salute for President Buhari (not pictured). Behind them are two armored military vehicles and a red carpet.

January 22, 2020

Nigeria
Boko Haram Cuts Electricity to Maiduguri in Northern Nigeria

On January 20, the electric company serving Maiduguri, capital of Borno state, publicly stated that Boko Harm attacks on transmission lines and infrastructure had cut electricity service to the city on January 17, removing Maiduguri from the national grid. The electric company had promised to restore power soon.

A Boko Haram flag flies on transmission lines in Damasak, Borno, Nigeria, on March 24, 2015.

March 18, 2020

Nigeria
Nigeria Considers National DRR Agency Amid Boko Haram Setbacks

On February 19, 2020, Senator Ibrahim Gaidam, the former governor of Yobe State, introduced legislation to create the National Agency for Deradicalization, Rehabilitation, and Reintegration of Repentant Insurgents. Gaidam represents Yobe state, which borders Borno and has been affected by the insurgency. The bill’s purpose is to rehabilitate Boko Haram defectors and prevent violent extremism in Nigeria.

Freed inmates walk in a line after they were released and handed over to state officials for rehabilitation and integration after they were detained for up to four years over suspicion of links with Boko Haram jihadists during an official ceremony at the Giwa military barracks, in Maiduguri, on November 27, 2019.

April 17, 2019

Nigeria
Boko Haram Evolves and Persists in Northeast Nigeria

The Shekau and al-Barnawi factions of Boko Haram continue to evolve and even grow. Changes in leadership and tactics raise questions about the extent of their affiliation with IS and overall stability, but they also indicate that the movement is far from defeated.

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April 28, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
Boko Haram in Nigeria

John Campbell, CFR's Ralph Bunche senior fellow for Africa policy studies, discusses the Boko Haram in Nigeria case study from Model Diplomacy, politics and security in West Africa and the Sahel, and…

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January 23, 2020

Nigeria
Borno State Increasingly Isolated as Boko Haram Threatens Roads

Over the last couple of weeks, Boko Haram has increased attacks on the road from Maiduguri to Kano, the only remaining safe highway of the six major roads that connect Maiduguri with the rest of the state and country, according to Nigeria media. A major report on the increasing isolation of Maiduguri closely follows Boko Haram attacks on transmission lines supplying the city with electricity. Destroyed bridges and frequent attacks on travelers have cut off not only Maiduguri residents, but many other residents of Borno state from accessing or travelling to Borno’s neighboring states.

The city gate of Maiduguri along Bulumkutu road, on July 26, 2019, in Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria.

December 2, 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa
Boko Haram Resurgence

President Muhammadu Buhari has repeatedly said that the Nigerian security services would destroy Boko Haram by December. Recently, he has walked back from that optimistic prediction. The reality is t…

Boko Haram Resurgence

February 24, 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa
ISIS and Boko Haram

The relationship, if any, between Nigeria’s Boko Haram and ISIS is a question that vexes the policy community. If there is one, it would support the argument that Boko Haram is, indeed, a new front i…

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September 12, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
Funding for Nigeria’s Boko Haram

Baron David Alton of Liverpool, a member of the UK House of Lords, has raised with Baron David Howell of Guildford, a minister at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (the UK foreign ministry), his co…

A crowd gathers near a car damaged by an explosion at St. Theresa Catholic Church at Madalla, Suleja, just outside Nigeria's capital Abuja, December 25, 2011.