Terrorist Groups in Africa
2016 Threat Watch
Matthew Henman considers some of the biggest threats to African stability
Jamaat Ahl al-Sunna li Dawa wal-Jihad, better known as Boko Haram, is a militant Islamist group fighting for the implementation of sharia (Islamic law) in Nigeria, and is primarily active in the Northern states of Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, Kano, Bauchi, and Kaduna. The group's origins lie in the Yusufiyya Islamist movement established in Borno in the early 2000s by Mohammed Yusuf, a radical young cleric. Following mounting harassment by the security forces, the mainstream Yusufiyya movement led by Yusuf . . .