Women who have fled violence in Nigeria queue for food at a refugee welcoming center in Ngouboua, Chad, January 19, 2015. REUTERS/Emmanuel Braun
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Hundreds of people from four villages near the devastated Nigerian town of Baga have been forced to flee after a warning from Boko Haram militants, witnesses and community leaders said Tuesday.Boko Haram fighters attacked Baga on January 3, looting and burning down homes and businesses in the town and at least 16 surrounding villages on the shores of Lake Chad.One women who fled Baga to the Borno State capital, Maiduguri, Monday confirmed that she joined the crowds fleeing the four villages.The villages lie some 40 kilometers south of Baga and although there was no confirmation that Boko Haram had moved in, it will likely raise fears that the group plans to push south.Both Butari and another woman, Aisa Aribe, who arrived in Maiduguri from Baga Monday, said Boko Haram were still in control of the town and the streets were strewn with the dead.
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