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7,300 Nigerians flee Boko Haram attacks to Chad: UN

Iran Press TV

Fri Jan 9, 2015 5:39PM

The United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says over 7,300 Nigerians have left their homeland for neighboring Chad in a bid to flee the deadly attacks by the Takfiri terrorist group, Boko Haram.

'In western Chad, some 7,300 Nigerian refugees have arrived in the past 10 days, fleeing attacks by insurgents on Baga town and surrounding villages,' said Adrian Edwards, the UNHCR spokesman, in the Swiss city of Geneva on Friday.

'With the recent influxes, Chad is now hosting over 10,000 refugees,' he added.

Meanwhile, Chadian authorities have called for international assistance to resettle the increasing number of Nigerian refugees, saying over 1,000 of them are currently stranded in Lake Chad islands.

According to the reports released by the UNHCR, the violence has forced 1.5 million Nigerians to flee their homes, with more than 850,000 internally displaced.

Last week, Takfiri Boko Haram militants attacked the town of Baga, close to the border with Chad, and took over the military base used by the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), which is made up of troops from Nigeria, Chad and Niger.

Boko Haram, whose name means "Western education is forbidden," says its goal is to overthrow the Nigerian government.

It has claimed responsibility for a number of deadly shooting attacks and bombings in various parts of Nigeria since the beginning of its operations in 2009, which have claimed lives of more than 13,000 people so far.

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