Boko Haram History In Nigeria: Leaders & Attacks Timeline

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Boko Haram History In Nigeria: Leaders & Attacks Timeline

The Jamaa’atu Ahlus-sunnah lid-da’wati wal jihad, popularly known as Boko Haram is a strong pseudo-Islamist terrorist group, which has its base in Kanamma, northeastern Nigeria.

The group’s name “Boko Haram” is a Hausa statement, which upon translated into English, means “Western education is sinful”.This group is opposed to everything that is of Western origin, more especially Western education, ideologies and systems, such as democracy and others.

Boko Haram History In Nigeria

The Boko Haram sect, though has been existence since 2001, did not become popular in Nigeria until 2009, when it participated actively in the sectarian violence, which occurred then in Northern Nigeria.

Mohammed Yusuf, who remained the group’s leader until men of the Nigerian Armed Forces killed him in 2009, founded the Boko Haram sect. After his death, Abubakar Shekau became the new Boko Haram leader, and he still holds that position to date. Other prominent members of the group include Abul Qaqa and Abu Zaid, both spokespersons of the group.

Even though the group started out as a purely Islamic group, the present disposition of the group is questionable for three reasons. Firstly, the group is not only out for non-Muslims, it is fighting the government as well. This is evident in the group’s bombings of the UN complex in Abuja and other government owned structures. Secondly, recent Boko Haram news revealed that the group does not exclusively comprise of Muslims, as a few non-Muslims have been implicated as members of the group in the past.

Thirdly, the group has not spared some prominent Muslims, as they had attacked mosques and killed Islamic religious leaders in the past.

The Boko Haram crisis, which is still ravaging Nigeria to date started formally in 2009 with the sectarian religious violence between rival Islamic groups in Northern Nigeria. However, since then, not less than 10,000 people have been killed in various activities spearheaded by the group.

Boko Haram Attacks Timeline

Below is a timeline of the group’s nefarious activities to date:
September 7 2010 – Bauchi prison break
December 2010 – The Abuja attacks
April 22 2011 – The Yola jailbreak in which Boko Haram allegedly freed 14 prisoners suspected to be members of the group
May 29 2011 – Multiple bombings in different locations in northern Nigeria
June 16 2011 – Bombing of the Nigeria Police Headquarters, Abuja
June 26 2011 – Bombing of a beer garden in Maiduguri, in which 25 people died and 12 were severely injured
August 12 2011 – Murder of prominent Muslim cleric Liman Bana by Boko Haram
August 26 2011 – Another bombing in Abuja
December 25 2011 – the Damaturu attacks
January 5-6 2012 – Multiple bombings in Northern Nigerian
January 20 2012 – The Kano bombings
February 8 2012- Suicide bombing at the Army headquarters in Kaduna
February 16 2012 – Prison break in Central Nigeria. 130 prisoners released
June 3 2012 – 15 church-goers killed in Bauchi
June 17 2012 – Suicide bombing attacks on 3 churches in Kaduna

Even though there is no official Boko Haram website, as the group does not approve anything western, the internet inclusive, much information can be found about this dreaded group on Boko Haram News Update section at

23 thoughts on “Boko Haram History In Nigeria: Leaders & Attacks Timeline

  1. boko haram has been in existing since 2001 and as a group registered with FGN but not as boko haram o o o. a certain agreement is agreed upon by fgn and this group………………….., if u realy want to know more reply me with MORE

  2. This is utterly ridiculous. I know see why Boko Haram is bold enough to kill innocent lives. Its because the citizens of thhis country are as lilly livered as their incompetent leaders. We have spent over a decade “negotiating” with this animalistic bunch and its quite unfortunate that Nigerians are contented to sit in their homes instead of fight to save the country that gave you a home and heritage. These people are terrorists and no matter how much we try and run away from it this is our burden to bear. For those who have lost their loved ones i offer my condolences but we have to do something to end the senseless slaughter so that the blood of the innocent spilt will not be in vain.

  3. when will all this killing by boo haram stop? if u ask me i will say it wont unless the political group backing them are identified and imprisoned

  4. It is true that we can not fight boko haram bcos those that surppose to fight them are in surpport, so the innocent once are in trouble but one day God shall set us free amen.

  5. Informations are not completely covered in 2013 and 2014 up till date Boko haram are still bombing…. There was no cease fire

  6. tym has come that every Nigerians should unit n put an end to this massacre or to
    say d brutal killings of d innocent.Nigerian united we stand divided die say no to vampires

  7. D God of Abraham, Isaac & Israel dat destroyed pharaoh & his hosts is still alive, & as He lives,& His Spirit abides forever, He will make boko haram go into extinction, in Jesus’ mty nm, amen.

  8. Let’s b sincere,every region wants to b on its own.y nt give it to dem so those who do nt wnt westrn educatoin will can enjoy a life of continuous backwardnes

    • Well my prayer is that the God that answerieth by fire will be our
      God bcus he never in any way disappointed us and He (God) will not disappoint us. He will save us from the
      hands of our enemies the so called boko-haram. In Jesus name Amen.

  9. The Jeremiah :10-11 says that the God who did not make the heaven and the earth shall perish from the surface of the earth and prayer is Islamic a gender in Nigeria will perish and shall begin fight against them as in the days of Joshua and more maobite and midianite in the might name of Jesus Christ amen

  10. When you give importance to people they think that you are always free, but they don’t understand that you make yourself available for them every time…

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