This report traces the development of the Boko Haram militancy, from its nascent collection of youth in north-eastern Nigeria to its eruption as a terrorist insurgency seeking to impose sharia law throughout the country. It also outlines claims about the group’s ambitions and capabilities to strike regional and Western interests outside Nigeria. Please note this product may contain graphic depictions. Viewer discretion is advised. Related information is available at www.cimicweb.org. Hyperlinks to source material are highlighted in blue and underlined in the text.