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n. pl. Kanuri or Ka·nu·ris
1. A member of a predominantly Muslim people indigenous to the Lake Chad region of north-central Africa.
2. The Nilo-Saharan language of this people.


(kəˈnʊər i)

n., pl. -ris, (esp. collectively) -ri.
1. a member of an African people living to the W and S of Lake Chad in NE Nigeria and adjacent areas of Niger, Cameroon, and Chad.
2. the Nilo-Saharan language of the Kanuri.
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"It draws its fighters and support mainly from Kanuri people, an ethnic group in northeastern Nigeria, northern Cameroon and southeastern Niger who have long felt marginalized by governments." The terrorists often attack on market days, targeting schools, to disrupt local economies.
Closely linked with the Kanuri people of Kanem-Bornu (Lake Chad), the Hausa aristocracy adopted Islam in the 11th century CE.
That invasion greatly reduced the power and influence of the Kanuri people.