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*More than 10,000 panic-stricken Cameroonians are fleeing border regions with Nigeria’s Borno state for safer locations following attacks by Nigeria’s Islamic militant group Boko Haram, government officials said Tuesday.

Boko Haram has, in the past month, raided at least two dozen villages and towns in northern Cameroon. The group also kidnapped dozens of people during an attack on Mabass village on Sunday.

The insurgents are looting food and livestock, and a humanitarian and food crisis looms, the minister of territorial administration and decentralization Rene Emmanuel Sadi said Tuesday.

Students and teachers are among those who have fled their homes. More than 10 schools were deserted after attacks Sunday, adding to the about 140 schools that have shut their doors because of the insurgency bleeding over into Cameroon, said Cameroon’s minister of education Monouna Fotso. The government is trying to accommodate the affected students, Fotso said.

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