FACTBOX - What is Nigeria's Boko Haram?

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The Islamist sect Boko Haram carried out its deadliest assault in a single day, killing more than 100 people in coordinated bombings and shootings in Nigeria's second largest city of Kano late on Friday.

The group's increasingly violent northern-based insurgency is straining relations between Nigeria's largely Christian south and its mostly Muslim north.

Here are some facts about Boko Haram:

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