Niger Removes 4,000 Nigerian Refugees From Lake Chad Island

A military official told Reuters on Tuesday that Niger has evacuated thousands of Nigerian refugees sheltering from Boko Haram fighters on Lake Chad's Karamga island, as the armies of four west African nations battle to quash the Islamist militants. A regional governor in southern Niger said last week that the refugees should leave after Boko Haram fighters killed scores of the country's soldiers and civilians during a dawn ambush on the island on April 25. The executive secretary of the State Emergency Management Agency in Yobe state, Idi Jidawa, said that 4,000 displaced Nigerians were in the process of being sent home.



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