Sunday 15 December 2019

Thousands flee from Nigeria to Cameroon to escape Boko Haram fighters

Thousands of refugees are fleeing north-eastern Nigeria into Cameroon to escape Boko Haram fighters pursuing a new strategy to hold territory they are calling an Islamic caliphate, the UN refugee agency said.

Spokeswoman Helene Caux says Cameroonians also are abandoning their homes since the Islamic extremists last week began attacking villages inside Cameroon and slit the throats of three people in a Catholic church.

It appears to be a new tactic for Boko Haram, which previously had only kidnapped Cameroon citizens held for ransom.

Ms Caux said that more than 10,000 Nigerians have fled into Cameroon and Niger since last week.

The most recent influx comes from Bama, the second largest city of Nigeria's Borno state. The state government on yesterday denied Bama has fallen to Boko Haram.

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