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Nigeria: Fear of violence displaces thousands in the north

Publisher Norwegian Refugee Council/Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (NRC/IDMC)
Publication Date 7 October 2011
Cite as Norwegian Refugee Council/Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (NRC/IDMC), Nigeria: Fear of violence displaces thousands in the north , 7 October 2011, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4e92dfb82.html [accessed 13 July 2014]
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Increasingly violent attacks against civilians, reportedly linked to members of the Boko Haram Islamist sect or other criminal groups, have continued to cause death, destruction of property and displacement in northern Nigeria. Thousands of people have fled the city of Maiduguri in recent months in fear of further violence. On 2 October, 19 people were killed and houses burnt in a raid by a gang of robbers in Zamfara State. Joint military-police teams have been deployed to the area to quell the violence.

At the end of September the head of police in Bauchi State accused IDPs from Borno and Plateau States of contributing to the growing insecurity in the area. The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) had suggested that up to a million IDPs had found refuge in Bauchi, but after widespread controversy, NEMA clarified that the figure referred to the number of people displaced over the years since 2001.

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