90 000 displaced in Nigerian violence
28 December 2011, 04:52
Kano - Deadly clashes between Islamists and security
forces last week have displaced an estimated 90 000 people in the
northeastern Nigerian city of Damaturu, an emergency official said on
"We have at the moment an estimated 90 000 displaced
people from the Damaturu violence," said Ibrahim Farinloye, northeast
co-ordinator for the National Emergency Management Agency.
40 000 of this figure is from the Pompomari area, where the whole
neighbourhood has been deserted. Some of the displaced have lost their
homes, while others just fled for their security."
"we advised the displaced against moving into any temporary camp for
security reasons, therefore most of them are sheltering in the homes of
friends and relatives in the city and neighbouring villages".
violence broke out in Damaturu last week, with suspected members of
Islamist group Boko Haram carrying out attacks followed by a heavy
military crackdown. A rights group and police source said up to 100
people were feared dead.
Trucks and armoured vehicles carrying
soldiers had arrived in the Pompomari neighbourhood and residents were
given 30 minutes to leave. The neighbourhood was later cordoned off.
violence broke out in Damaturu on Christmas, when two explosions went
off, including a suicide attack targeting a military convoy in front of a
secret police building.
The Christmas bombs were among a wave of
attacks in Nigeria the same day blamed on Boko Haram that killed 40
people, with the deadliest an explosion outside a church near the
capital Abuja as services were ending.