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Residents flee Nigerian city after attacks kill 31

Hundreds of residents of a northeastern Nigerian city were fleeing Sunday after three days of Islamist attacks that left at least 31 dead and many buildings and properties razed, witnesses said.
The troubled city of Potiskum had been under security lockdown since Thursday with troops patrolling the streets and residents keeping in-doors for fear of new attacks.
Security was relaxed Sunday morning and hundreds of residents took advantage to flee the restive city. “A lot of people are leaving the city following the relaxing of the lockdown on the city by soldiers this morning,” said a resident who gave his name as Hassan. “Hundreds of residents, especially those living on the outskirts of the city, which have been worst hit by the attacks, are fleeing with their belongings,” he said.
“Those of them with personal cars are stuffing personal belongings into their vehicles and heading out of the city, while others are taking buses and taxis at the garage and along the main road, heading south,” he said. Hassan said he was already thinking of abandoning the embattled city in the coming days. A fleeing resident, Hamisu Nababa, said he was leaving with his entire family.
“My wife and three children are in trauma from the attacks and want a change of environment where they can have peace,” he said, adding they were heading to Kaduna, some 600 kilometres (350 miles) to the west, to stay with a relation. “Many people are leaving now that the military has opened the road and allowed people to move in and out of the city,” he added.
Potiskum, the commercial hub of Yobe state, has been hard hit by near daily attacks by Boko Haram Islamists in recent weeks, prompting heavy deployment of troops and armoured vehicles to forestall fresh violence. “Soldiers have tightened security in the city with several checkpoints mounted every few hundred metres all over the city,” resident Bukar Kolo told AFP.



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  1. nemuel neboh said:

    when will nigerians stop this terrorism? Do we continue to live in fear?

  2. s.ducain said:

    We will stop this murder when we catch the murderer Shekau who is hiding just over the border in Northern Cameroon. I hope GEJ has signed a cross-border agreement with Cameroon, after gifting them Bakassi.

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