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As the United States, Nigeria and others struggle to track and choke off its funding, Reuters interviewed more than a dozen current and former U.S. officials who closely follow Boko Haram provide the most complete picture to date of how the group finances its activities. Central to the militant group’s approach includes using hard-to-track human couriers to move cash, relying on local funding sources and engaging in only limited financial relationships with other extremists groups. It also has reaped millions from high-profile kidnappings. Until now, U.S. officials have declined to discuss Boko Haram’s financing in such detail.



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