The boko haram insurgency began in 2009 when the jihadist rebel group boko haram started an armed rebellion against the government of nigeria in 2012 tensions within boko haram resulted in gradual split of the group between salafist conservative faction led by abu usmatul al ansari and the more dominant violent faction led by abubakar shekau . Maiduguri nigeria reuters suspected members of the islamist boko haram insurgency killed at least 15 people in an attack on a group of villages in northeast nigeria late on wednesday . Boko harams stated aim is to islamize africas most populous country but like earlier nigerian islamist groups of which there is a long tradition in the sahel the discontent prompting young nigerians and other young west african muslims to join the insurgency is rooted in more than just religious orthodoxy and cannot be disentangled from . Boko haram is an islamist extremist group responsible for dozens of massacres of civilians and the abduction of more than 500 women and girls in its five year insurgency in nigeria. Introduction boko haram is a top tier threat to africas most populous country an insurgency led by the islamist group has claimed tens of thousands of lives and displaced millions more in
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