People Committed to the Propagation of the Prophet's Teachings and Jihad, better known by its Hausa name Boko Haram, is a violent jihadist terrorist organization based in the northeast of Nigeria. It is an Islamist movement which strongly opposes man-made laws. Founded by Mohammed Yusuf in 2001 or 2002, the organisation is a Muslim sect that seeks to abolish the secular system of government and establish sharia law in the country. The group is also known for attacking Christian churches. The movement, whose name in the Hausa language, Boko Haram, translates as Western education is sinful is divided into three factions, and in 2011, was responsible for at least 450 killings in Nigeria. The group first became known internationally following sectarian violence in Nigeria in July 2009, which left over 1000 people dead. They do not have a clear structure or evident chain of command. Moreover, it is still a matter of debate whether Boko Haram has links to terror outfits outside Nigeria and its fighters have frequently clashed with Nigeria's central government. The group has adopted its official name to
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