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Christians Flee Northern Nigeria Town After Attacks, Church Says

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Nov. 8 (Bloomberg) -- Christians living in northern Nigeria are fleeing the town of Jerusalem, which has been targeted in recent attacks by the Taliban-inspired Boko Haram, said Idris Garba, Yobe state chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria.

Residents are leaving because of a poor security presence, he said by phone today from Jerusalem.

Boko Haram said it carried out attacks in Yobe and Borno states that started on Nov. 4, which targeted locations including police stations and churches. Nigerian authorities put the death toll at around 53 people, while the Civil Rights Congress put the figure at 152.

Yobe state Police Commissioner Suleiman Lawal declined to comment when contacted by Bloomberg, saying that he was busy at the time. Human Rights Watch said in a statement today that 425 people have been killed in Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria so far this year.

To contact the reporter on this story: Mustapha Muhammad via Abuja at mmuhammad5@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Antony Sguazzin at asguazzin@bloomberg.net.