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Refugees leave Nigeria for Niger, Cameroon, U.N. says

June 18, 2013 at 4:47 PM

UNITED NATIONS, June 18 (UPI) -- The United Nations said Tuesday an ongoing crisis in Nigeria has caused more than 6,000 refugees to flee to neighboring Niger and Cameroon.

A statement from the United Nations said in recent weeks, "anti-insurgent operations and general insecurity" have uprooted thousands during a state of emergency declared in May in Nigeria's Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states.

"Crossings of Nigerians into Cameroon began a week ago, with people telling us they fled a confrontation between the Nigerian army and Boko Haram insurgents some 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) from the border," said U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees spokesman Adrian Edwards.

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