Nigeria Bomb Blast Hits Yola Camp for Boko Haram Refugees

Nigeria Bomb Blast Hits Yola Camp for Boko Haram Refugees

In this photo taken Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015. Dorcas Aiden, 20 years old , speaks to a journalist in Yola, Nigeria. Dorcas Aiden was another of the girls caught in Boko Haram’s siege. She had finished high school and was living at home when the war came to her village. Fighters took her to a house in the town of Gulak and held her captive for two weeks last September. The more than 50 teenage girls crammed into the house were beaten if they refused to study Quranic verses or conduct daily Muslim prayers, she says. When the fighters got angry, they shot their guns in the air. Aiden finally gave in and denied her Christian faith to become Muslim, at least in name, she says. (AP Photo/Lekan Oyekanmi)
In this photo taken Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015. Dorcas Aiden, 20 years old, speaks to a journalist in Yola, Nigeria. (AP Photo/Lekan Oyekanmi)

(BBC) – At least three people have died when a bomb exploded at a camp in north-eastern Nigeria for people who have fled their homes because of the Boko Haram Islamist insurgency.

Emergency services told the AFP news agency that the blast was caused by an improvised explosive device.

It occurred at the Malkohi camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) on the outskirts of Yola in Adamawa state.

Yola has been seen as a relative safe place for those fleeing the violence.

The BBC’s Chris Ewokor in Abuja says this is the first attack on a camp for IDPs in the north-east.

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