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Nigerian Govt vs Boko Haram

Years: 2009-2015
Battle deaths: 7,791 [1]
Non-state conflict, battle-deaths: 555 [3]
Onesided violence: 5,255 [2]

Nation(s) involved and/or conflict territory [note]

Published: 2014-08-06 18:54:34 | Altered: 2016-07-08 17:49:01
Quote from UCDP:s Conflict Encyclopedia

"Jama'atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati wal-Jihad, commonly known as Boko Haram, was formed in 2002 or 2003 in Maiduguri of Borno state in northern Nigeria. The group has stated the goal to topple the government and set up puritanical Islamic rule, and in 2009, they became active as an armed group struggling against the government. In connection to the armed conflict and to their strict interpretations of Islamic law, the group has also targeted civilians.

Violence against civilians perpetrated by Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati wal-Jihad has taken several forms. In many cases, the group has carried out targeted killings of traditional and religious leaders, including moderate Islamic clerics, and politicians. There have also been bombings of churches, as well as beer gardens and bars. Initially, attacks on civilians were mainly carried out in motorbike drive-by shootings or with the use of home-made bombs. Attacks mainly took place in Maiduguri and other cities in the north. In late 2010 and early 2011, however, both the geographic scope and type of attacks broadened, with increasingly sophisticated bombings occurring also in places outside the north."

Source: Uppsala Conflict Data Program (Date of retrieval: datum) UCDP Conflict Encyclopedia, Uppsala University


Data Sources

[1] Battle deaths: UCDP Battle-Related Deaths Dataset v.5-2015 (link) (1989-2014) ID: #100
Low: 7,434 High: 9,624

[2] UCDP One-sided Violence Dataset v 1.4-2015 (1989-2014) (link) including actors: Jama'atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda'awati wal-Jihad (Boko Haram)
Low: 4,991 High: 6,884

[3] UCDP Non-State Conflict Dataset UCDP Non-State Conflict Dataset v. 2.5-2015, 1989-2014 (link) including dyads: Jama'atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda'awati wal-Jihad vs Yan Gora
Low: 555 High: 613

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NOTE! Nation data for this war may be inconlusive or incomplete. In most cases it reflects which nations were involved with troops in this war, but in some it may instead reflect the contested territory.


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