Boko Haram Changes Name to 'Islamic State's West Africa Province' - Reports

© AP PhotoImage taken from video by Nigeria's Boko Haram terrorist network
Image taken from video by Nigeria's Boko Haram terrorist network - Sputnik International
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Boko Haram reportedly renamed itself, adopting the name “Islamic State’s West Africa Province” (ISWAP).

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Nigerian militant group Boko Haram renamed itself, adopting the name “Islamic State’s West Africa Province” (ISWAP), The Independent newspaper reported Sunday.

This Monday, May 12, 2014, file image taken from video by Nigeria's Boko Haram terrorist network, shows the alleged missing girls abducted from the northeastern town of Chibok. Islamic extremists in Nigeria have seized Chibok, forcing thousands of residents to flee the northeastern town from which the insurgents kidnapped nearly 300 schoolgirls in April. - Sputnik International
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The reports on the change of the group’s name appeared in the Nigerian media on Friday. Boko Haram was used as group’s name since it was founded in 2002.

Boko Haram pledged allegiance to Islamic State militants, which the ISIL accepted on March 13, calling it an “expansion of caliphate to West Africa.”

© Photo : https://twitter.com/alraqqawiAbubakar Shekau the leader of Boko Haram in Nigeria pledges allegiance to ISIS
Abubakar Shekau the leader of Boko Haram in Nigeria pledges allegiance to ISIL - Sputnik International
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Abubakar Shekau the leader of Boko Haram in Nigeria pledges allegiance to ISIS
© AFP 2022 / STEPHANE YASA picture taken on February 13, 2015 shows the village Nougboua after it was attacked by Nigeria's Boko Haram rebels
A picture taken on February 13, 2015 shows the village Nougboua after it was attacked by Nigeria's Boko Haram rebels - Sputnik International
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A picture taken on February 13, 2015 shows the village Nougboua after it was attacked by Nigeria's Boko Haram rebels
© AFP 2022 / REINNIER KAZEThis picture taken on November 12, 2014 in front of the military base of Amchide, northern Cameroon, 1 km from Nigeria, shows a Boko Haram's tank destroyed by Cameroonian soldiers during an attack againts the military base by the Islamic fighters on October 15, 2014. The city was raided by Nigeria's Boko Haram, killing eight cameroonian soldiers and leading the population to flee on October 15, 2014, before another six coordinated attacks that killed at least three civilians in the remote north of the country, on November 9, 2014. Boko Haram's five-year insurgency in neighboring Nigeria has left thousands dead, and the Islamists have occasionally carried out attacks over the border. Cameroon has deployed more than 1,000 soldiers in the extreme northeast of the country to counter the Islamist threat.
This picture taken on November 12, 2014 in front of the military base of Amchide, northern Cameroon, 1 km from Nigeria, shows a Boko Haram's tank destroyed by Cameroonian soldiers during an attack againts the military base by the Islamic fighters on October 15, 2014. - Sputnik International
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This picture taken on November 12, 2014 in front of the military base of Amchide, northern Cameroon, 1 km from Nigeria, shows a Boko Haram's tank destroyed by Cameroonian soldiers during an attack againts the military base by the Islamic fighters on October 15, 2014. The city was raided by Nigeria's Boko Haram, killing eight cameroonian soldiers and leading the population to flee on October 15, 2014, before another six coordinated attacks that killed at least three civilians in the remote north of the country, on November 9, 2014. Boko Haram's five-year insurgency in neighboring Nigeria has left thousands dead, and the Islamists have occasionally carried out attacks over the border. Cameroon has deployed more than 1,000 soldiers in the extreme northeast of the country to counter the Islamist threat.
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Abubakar Shekau the leader of Boko Haram in Nigeria pledges allegiance to ISIS
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A picture taken on February 13, 2015 shows the village Nougboua after it was attacked by Nigeria's Boko Haram rebels
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This picture taken on November 12, 2014 in front of the military base of Amchide, northern Cameroon, 1 km from Nigeria, shows a Boko Haram's tank destroyed by Cameroonian soldiers during an attack againts the military base by the Islamic fighters on October 15, 2014. The city was raided by Nigeria's Boko Haram, killing eight cameroonian soldiers and leading the population to flee on October 15, 2014, before another six coordinated attacks that killed at least three civilians in the remote north of the country, on November 9, 2014. Boko Haram's five-year insurgency in neighboring Nigeria has left thousands dead, and the Islamists have occasionally carried out attacks over the border. Cameroon has deployed more than 1,000 soldiers in the extreme northeast of the country to counter the Islamist threat.

The Boko Haram initiated military operations in Nigeria in 2009, to impose Islamic rule in the country. The militant group, notorious for mass killings and kidnappings, currently operates on the border of four Western African countries: Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon.

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