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More than 15,000 residents have been displaced from their home and communities in Damboa, a city in northeast Nigeria that, since last Thursday, has been occupied by Boko haram. The attack, which saw to the deaths of dozens and the burning down of three churches, has driven the now many thousands into neighboring Biu, Goniri and Maiduguri, the state capital. A radical Islamic insurgency bent on establishing a separate Islamic state to be ruled by Sharia law, Boko Haram has steadily driven Christians, other religious minorities, and moderate Muslims out of the region by intimidation and increasingly brutal force.

07/23/2014 Nigeria (Breitbart) – A massive assault by Boko Haram in the northeast Nigerian town of Damboa displaced more than 15,000 people, an official said Monday, as the security forces sent reinforcements to flush out the Islamist fighters.

The attack on Damboa began late Thursday but continued through the weekend, with witnesses saying that civilians were left defenceless by the security forces who withdrew from the area earlier this month.

Officials from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) were struggling to establish a death toll amid multiple reports that Boko Haram fighters were still occupying the town, having hoisted their flag above a public building.

Abdulkadir Ibrahim of NEMA told journalists that at least 15,204 people had fled Damboa to escape the Islamist onslaught.

“The number of displaced in (the town of) Biu is 10,204. We have 3,000 in Maiduguri and 2,000 in Goniri,” he said.

Multiple media outlets on Monday reported that Boko Haram had taken over Damboa and were seeking to establish themselves as the local authority, something the Nigerian Islamist are not widely known to do.

But the military tried to downplay the extent of the crisis.

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