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85 Nigerians dead after suicide bomb, cholera attacks

MAIDUGURI,October 9 – The Boko Haram terror group has, through suicide bombings, killed some 50 civilians seeking safety at refugee camps in north-eastern Nigeria in the past month.

Dozens more have been injured.

At least 35 other refugees in the camps have died from a devastating outbreak of cholera during the period.

The suicide bomb attacks have contributed to the humanitarian environment becoming increasingly unpredictable for civilians fleeing their homes.

Some areas recently attacked include Banki, Konduga, Maiduguri and Ngala in the Borno State, which is the epicentre of the violence by the Islamic Boko Haram militants.

In the wake of numerous and continued attacks on refugee camps and civilian infrastructure, the United Nations has called for appropriate action to ensure that the physical protection of refugees is not further compromised.

“Civilians are routinely killed in direct and indiscriminate attacks in northeast of Nigeria. This conflict, with allits brutality and horrors, is reaching new lows,” said Edward Kallon, UN humanitarian coordinator in
Nigeria.

The cholera outbreak has meanwhile struck camps in Dikwa, Maiduguri and Monguno in Borno.

More than 1 200 suspected cases have been confirmed across the localities.

Camps enduring terrorist attacks and cholera host a significant proportion of about 2 million civilians displaced by the Boko Haram. Over 20 000 have been killed.

Over 200 000 Nigerians have fled to neighbouring Cameroon, Chad and Niger.
– CAJ News

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