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Nigeria Army Uncovers Boko Haram Recruitment Link On Social Media

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The Nigeria Army on Tuesday, said it had uncovered a Facebook and other social media accounts allegedly used by a faction of the Boko Haram group to recruit new members. News site Vanguard reports

Artillary Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole Maj. Murtala Usman said that insurgents from the Albarnawi faction of the Boko Haram group were recruiting new members on social media platforms like facebook, Watssap, SnapChat, Instagram and the Youtube.

The Islamic State in West Africa, formerly known as Jamā’at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da’wah wa’l-Jihād and commonly known as Boko Haram until March 2015, is a jihadist militant organization based in northeastern Nigeria.

Founded byĀ Mohammed YusufĀ in 2002, the group has been led byĀ Abubakar ShekauĀ since 2009. When Boko Haram first formed, their actions were nonviolent. Their main goal was to ā€œpurify Islam in northern Nigeriaā€ (Iyekekpolo 2016:2218).

From March 2015 to August 2016, the group was aligned with theĀ Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Since theĀ current insurgency started in 2009, Boko Haram has killed tens of thousands and displaced 2.3 million from their homes and was ranked as the world’s deadliest terror group by theĀ Global Terrorism Indexin 2015.

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