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Thousands flee as Boko Haram militants seize Nigerian towns

A screengrab taken on August 24, 2014 from a video shows the leader of the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau (C), delivering a speech at an undisclosed locationThousands of fear-stricken residents in several towns and villages in Nigeria’s northeast Adamawa state have fled their homes after troops failed to retake a major town seized by Boko Haram militants, residents said Saturday. Residents of Madagali, Gulak and Michika towns and nearby villages fled their homes Friday through Saturday following a Boko Haram advance after repelling a military offensive to retake Madagali town, seized by the militants last month. “All the residents of Madagali, Gulak and Michika have fled their homes to the mountains and Mubi town after soldiers retreated from Madagali where they made a failed attempt to push out the insurgents and the recapture the town,” said Bello Alaramma who also ran away from Gulak to Mubi, 76 kilometres (48 miles) away.

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