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Putting things into perspective: Al Jazeera’s ‘Inside Story’ investigates the probable motives and backstory behind the extremist terrorist group Boko Haram that has claimed responsibility for numerous attacks on Nigerian civilians since 2009.

Related documentary: Inside Story - Boko Haram and the battle for Nigeria’s north

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Dozens of students are reported to have died after armed men stormed a college dormitory in Nigeria’s northeast, shooting at them as they slept, according to the military.

Sunday’s attack, believed to be carried out by the armed group Boko Haram, targeted the College of Agriculture in the town of Gujba in Yobe state, Lazarus Eli, the area military spokesman, said.

"There was an attack at the College of Agriculture in Gujba this morning by Boko Haram terrorists who went into the school and opened fire on students," while they were asleep, Eli said.

Boko Haram is a Nigerian armed group that claims to be fighting Western influence and wants to form an Islamic state.

The literal translation of Boko Haram is “Western education is forbidden”.

Molima Idi Mato of the College of Agriculture told AP news agency that classrooms were torched in the attack, which occurred at about 1am local time.

The college is about 40km from the scene of similar school attacks around Damaturu town.

Security forces were at the scene but details on the number injured in the attack were not yet available, Eli said.

Gujba is roughly 30km from the state capital of Damaturu.

A police source, who requested anonymity, told AFP news agency that initial reports indicated the death toll could be high but he was not prepared to discuss figures.

Other news source reports:

Boko Haram (and Al Majiris who are liable to go on killing and maiming sprees after elections) are best seen as a problem for all Nigerians not a malaise of a religious community, region or ethnic group. Their main victims remain “their people” who live near them.

 Are We All Boko Haram Now? – Abimbola Agboluaje

This though, I wonder why so many people seem to be ignorant of the fact that most of the victims of “Islamist” terrorism are actually Muslim. But I guess it doesn’t matter when Muslims terrorise Muslims or something.

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Inside Story - How should Nigeria tackle Boko Haram?

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has fired his defence minister and national security advisor, saying the government needed new tactics to fight the armed group, Boko Haram.

The group has intensified its attacks recently. What kind of new tactics will end the violence and is dialogue still an option? Guests: Chinedu Nwagu, Darren Kew, Musa Aliyu.

Inside Story - Will Nigeria violence spiral out of control?

The latest wave of violence in Nigeria started after three churches were bombed on Sunday in Kaduna, a city which lies on the border between the Muslim north and the mostly Christian south.

Boko Haram, the armed group that is opposed to Western ideology and which wants to establish an Islamic state in Nigeria, claimed responsibility for Sunday’s suicide attacks.

Although the group says it is trying to wipe out Western influence in the country, the attacks have a distinctly sectarian hue. Just how much of a threat is the Boko Haram to Nigeria? Guests: William Okoye, Alhaji Garba Sani, Buba Misawa

Jimeh Saleh from BBC Hausa returns to his home town of Maiduguri in the far north-east of Nigeria for the first time in almost a year - to find the city is a mere shell of its once lively self, following a spate of deadly attacks by the Boko Haram Islamist group.

As dusk falls in Maiduguri, and the bright afternoon sun gradually turns orange and slowly dips in the evening sky, a muezzin leads the call to pray.

His spirited voice echoes from a pair of loud speakers on a minaret atop one of the oldest mosques in town.

The faithful observe the evening Maghreb prayer - and then have to go straight on to the Isha, the late evening prayer, because Maiduguri has to live under a strict 19:00-06:00 curfew.

Today’s quiet nights - the uncertainty and the insecurity - are a far cry from the Maiduguri I grew up in.

Firmly padlocked houses

My home town, in the far north-east of Nigeria, is also the stronghold the country’s radical Islamist group, Boko Haram.

And in the past few months, the group has carried out a number of violent and devastating attacks in many parts of Nigeria - including drive-by shootings and bombings in Maiduguri, even the central mosque in December.

Back from London in Maiduguri for the first time in almost a year, the town is as dusty as I left it - but it appears poorer - and so do its industrious and boisterous people.

No more do buses, taxis, beggars, vendors and shop keepers hustle for business late into the night.

Families are no longer able to afford three meals a day.

Property speculators are complaining that business is down, and some are suffering losses.

"Closing shops at 7pm is just like working half-day," said an economist with the University of Maiduguri who, like most people I spoke to, asked to remain anonymous.

"The economy here is driven by the informal sector which has no closing hours," he added.

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Extremist Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram has ended talks with the Nigerian government, refusing to pursue any possibility of negotiations with what they call a government of ‘unbelievers’.

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