MORE than 30,000 people have fled fighting in northeastern Nigeria’s Borno State, most from Baga on the shores of Lake Chad, as attacks by Boko Haram and its Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) offshoot increased in recent weeks.
The UN has expressed concern about the flood of newly displaced people into the state capital, Maiduguri. The impact of the fighting has been “devastating and has created a humanitarian tragedy, said Edward Kallon, head of UN operations in Nigeria.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian army said it had cleared jihadists from several towns, including Baga. The government has previously made claims that Boko Haram was “technically defeated”. In reality, the insurgency, which began in 2009, has fragmented but continues with an uptick in violence in some areas and jihadists targeting other countries in the region.