Revenge against Nigeria's military leads some to Boko Haram

October 3, 2016 4:44 PM

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LAGOS, Nigeria – A new study indicates that the desire for revenge against Nigeria's heavy-handed military is a leading reason that people join Boko Haram's Islamic extremist group.

Nearly 60 percent of 119 former Boko Haram fighters interviewed in Nigerian rehabilitation camps cited revenge against the military as having a strong, or being the only, influence in their recruitment.

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