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Lake Chad: At Least 7 People Dead In Multiple Attacks On Mallam Fatori

Insurgents carried out the attacks between Friday and Saturday in the remote town that now hosts thousands of returnees.

Insurgents have killed at least seven people in a series of attacks on a temporary transit camp for resettled refugees in Mallam Fatori, a Nigerian town on the shores of Lake Chad.

HumAngle has learned that the insurgents carried out three attacks between Friday and Saturday. The final death toll is not yet known, and could rise, sources said.

The town is the headquarters of Abadam in northern Borno and borders the Niger and Chad republic.  It also hosts the Army’s 68th battalion. 

According to a source in Maiduguri with relatives in Mallam Fatori, at least seven people were buried today. More casualties could be discovered as people search bushes and the Komadougou Yobe river. 

The transit camp holds at least 4,000 people as they are moved from displaced people’s camps back to their home areas. 

The river, which originates in Nigeria and discharges into Lake Chad, recently spilled into the settlement and the nearby military base. 

The remoteness and security risks in the area have affected accessibility and the availability of humanitarian assistance in Mallam Fatori. 

The area has been in and out of government control, it was recaptured  by regional multinational forces from insurgents in 2015, and then again in 2016. The town has been occupied by the military since, and until earlier this year no civilians lived there.

The programme to resettle displaced people from camps has seen the government begin to move people back into the area.

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Murtala Abdullahi

Abdullahi Murtala is a researcher and reporter. His expertise is in conflict reporting, climate and environmental justice, and charting the security trends in Nigeria and the Lake Chad region. He founded the Goro Initiative and contributes to dialogues, publications and think-tanks that report on climate change and human security. He tweets via @murtalaibin

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