A Nigerian soldier patrols in an armored car in Maiduguri, Nigeria August 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
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Hundreds of people who escaped a Boko Haram attack need urgent help, a local lawmaker said Wednesday, as those still hiding on a mountain a week later said food and water supplies had run out.The government said Tuesday that operations were "ongoing," with indications the military had been unable to wrest back control of the town, 135 kilometers from the state capital Maiduguri.Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency said 10,000 people had been displaced because of the attack and they were providing assistance to those who had escaped to Maiduguri or Madagali, in neighboring Adamawa state.One man who fled to the Mandara mountain told reporters by phone: "Most of us, mostly men are here and for nearly eight days, we have no food, no water to drink and no shelter.
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