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Locals swarm neighbouring countries as terrorists takeover towns

12 November 2014, 07:54Okoro Chinedu

Lagos - About 13 000 have fled Adamawa State and sought refuge in Cameroon after insurgents attacked and captured the town of Mubi in late October.

The refugees fled to the towns of Guider and Gashiga in the North region of Cameroon and to Bourha, Mogode and Boukoula in the Far North.  

According to authorities, violence by Boko Haram insurgents in Nigeria’s northeast continues to send thousands of refugees across the border into the neighbouring country.

According to local authorities in Cameroon, the vast majority of these 13 000 Nigerians had now returned to Nigeria, saying that their final destination was Yola, the capital city of Adamawa state, about 200 kilometres south of Mubi.

In the days immediately following the attack on Mubi, it was reported that refugees arrived in Cameroon in over 300 vehicles – including many personal vehicles, as well as some trucks and rented cars.

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The Cameroonian authorities reported that they facilitated onward transit movements and provided escorts to ensure the safety of those transiting through Cameroonian territory.

Meanwhile in Niger, at least 1 000 people have arrived in the Bosso area, in the south of the country, following the capture by insurgents last week of the garrison town of Malam Fatori.

The Nigerian town is located only a few kilometres from the border with Niger.

The crisis in the northeast of Nigeria has led to the flight of over 100 000 people to Niger since May 2013, including both Nigerian refugees and citizens of Niger, according to the local authorities, as well as 2 700 refugees to Chad.

At the same time, over 650 000 people are internally displaced in Nigeria’s six north-eastern states.

- CAJ News


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