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Scores killed as Boko Haram targets refugee camps

Christos Stylianides, European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management

From AHMED OBAFEMI in Maiduguri, Nigeria
MAIDUGURI, (CAJ News) – HUMANITARIAN agencies are concerned by an increase in attacks on refugees seeking safety in displacement sites in north east Nigeria.
In the latest such attack by the Boko Haram terror group, 11 people have been killed and three injured at an internally displaced persons (IDP) camp at Banki in the Borno State.
This attack on Friday was the fifth in two months deliberately targeting displacement sites.
In previous attacks, nine people were killed and 20 injured.
Christos Stylianides, European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, called for respect of civilian facilities and increased security in and around in displacement camps in the West African country.
He noted the overall security situation has been deteriorating in northeast Nigeria.
At least 34 suicide attacks have reported since January.
More than 170 civilians have been killed during the attacks.
Most of the deaths have been reported at Borno, the epicentre of the insurgency by the Boko Haram.
The Global Terrorism Index ranks it the world’s deadliest terror group.
Since the current insurgency started in 2009, the Islamic extremists have killed thousands and displaced 2,3 million people.
While official figures put the death toll at 20 000, it is believed over 100 000 people have been killed.

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