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Female suicide bombers kill dozens of refugees in Nigeria

At least 56 people were killed and dozens more injured when two female suicide bombers blew themselves up in a refugee camp in Nigeria.

The attack happened at a refugee camp in Dikwa, north-eastern Nigeria Credit: Google Maps

Around 78 people were being treated for injuries after the twin explosions at the camp in Dikwa, which houses some 50,000 people forced to flee from Islamist militant group Boko Haram.

Officials in Nigeria have pinned blame for the attack on the extremists.

More than 20,000 people have been killed in Nigeria since the Boko Haram insurgency began six years ago, and 2.5 million made homeless.

It comes after another two suicide bombers, believed to have come from Nigeria, killed 10 people and injured 40 in a border village with Cameroon's Far North province.

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Officials: 10,000 Cameroonians flee Boko Haram

Thousands of people have also fled from Boko Haram attacks in northern Nigeria. Credit: Reuters/Emmanuel Braun

More than 10,000 panic-stricken Cameroonians are fleeing border regions with Nigeria's Borno state after attacks by Nigeria's Islamic militant group Boko Haram, government officials said.

Boko Haram has, in the past month, raided at least two dozen villages and towns in northern Cameroon. The group also kidnapped at least 80 people during an attack on Mabass village on Sunday although the army has now rescued 30 hostages.

Cameroon's minister of territorial administration and decentralisation Rene Emmanuel Sadi said the insurgents are looting food and livestock, and a humanitarian and food crisis looms.

Cameroon government: Boko Haram 'cruel and cowardly'

Cameroon's Minister of Communication Issa Tchiroma Bakary has told ITV News' Africa Correspondent John Ray the militant group Boko Haram kidnapped nearly 80 people from Cameroon to use them as suicide bombers.

Mr Bakary described the Islamist terror group as "cruel and cowardly" and said the Cameroon government was prepared to chase them "wherever necessary" in order to "root them out".

Troops from Cameroon have rescued up to 30 of the 80 hostages during a cross-border attack in Nigeria.

Cameroon army frees 24 hostages from militants

Cameroon's army has freed 24 of some 80 hostages kidnapped during a cross-border attack by suspected Boko Haram fighters based in neighbouring Nigeria, a defence ministry spokesman has said.

Correcting an earlier estimate that 30 hostages had been freed, Colonel Didier Badjeck said:

The Cameroon army was able to free about 24 hostages taken yesterday by Boko Haram in the far north.

They were freed as defence forces pursued the attackers who were heading back to Nigeria.

– Colonel Didier Badjeck
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