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At least 3,200 internally displaced persons from Nigeria's northeastern Baga town have been registered and accommodated at a refugee camp in Maiduguri, the capital town of the troubled Borno state, Nigeria's emergency body said on Monday.
"The agency at the weekend registered 3,200 of the IDPs from Baga that are now in Maiduguri and accommodated at the Teachers Village estate where NEMA is providing them with basic supports in collaboration with the Borno state government," Manzo Ezekiel, spokesman of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), said in a statement.
Ezekiel said that the IDPs had fled the violence in Baga, a border town recently captured by Boko Haram militants.
He said a new camp has been created for the IDPs, bringing the "number of camps to 11 where NEMA has been supporting the IDPs with food and non-food items."
"The other IDPs in the camps are from towns and villages in the state which had been previously displaced by the insurgency," Ezekiel said.
Tens of thousands of Nigerians have fled their homes to Maiduguri and neighboring countries after militants overran a military base in Baga last week.
The situation in the border town, however, remains sketchy.
The Nigerian government said on Friday that the military was combating "terrorists" to reclaim the fishing town.
A military officer who asked not to be named told The Anadolu Agency on Monday that the town remains in the hand of the insurgents.
"But of course a serious operation is ongoing to flush those boys out," the officer said.
Tens of thousands of Nigerians have been killed since Boko Haram launched its violent campaign in 2009 following the extrajudicial murder of its leader, Mohammed Yusuf, while in police custody.
The group has also been blamed for the destruction of public infrastructure, private businesses and the displacement of at least six million Nigerians
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