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Thousands flee Nigerian city into Cameroon fearing militant attack - UNHCR

A spokesman for the UNHCR said the residents panicked and fled after the Multinational Joint Task Force, which had gone to secure Rann, left the city.

FILE: A Nigerian army vehicle patrols in the town of Banki in northeastern Nigeria on 26 April 2017. Picture: AFP

GENEVA - Around 30,000 people fled into Cameroon at the weekend from the Nigerian city of Rann, fearing an attack by Boko Haram militants, the UN refugee agency said on Tuesday.

UNHCR spokesman Babar Baloch told a regular UN briefing in Geneva that the residents panicked and fled after the Multinational Joint Task Force, which had gone to secure Rann, left the city.

Refugees said Boko Haram subsequently promised to return to Rann, Baloch said.