Thousands flee Islamic attack in north Nigeria: UN
Thousands flee Islamic fighters attacking northeast Nigeria, north Cameroon: UN refugee agency
Associated Press
2014-09-03 11:42 PM

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- The U.N. refugee agency says thousands of refugees are fleeing northeastern Nigeria into Cameroon to escape Boko Haram fighters pursuing a new strategy to hold territory they are calling an Islamic caliphate.

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

Caux said Wednesday 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 Tuesday denied Bama has fallen to Boko Haram.

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