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Boko Haram is an Islamic extremist group based in northeastern Nigeria, with intentions of overthrowing the Nigerian government as well as governments around the area while creating an Islamic state. Boko Haram, with ‘boko’ meaning “Western” or “non-Islamic” and ‘haram’ meaning “forbidden by Islamic law,” has been loosely translated to mean “Western education is forbidden.” The full and official name of the organization is Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati Wal-Jihad, which means, “people committed to the propagation of the Prophet’s teachings and Jihad.” Boko Haram is infamous for attacking various locations that represent the types of establishments that they seek out to destroy, such as but not limited to churches, schools, and police stations.