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11 Niger refugees killed in bus crash after fleeing Boko Haram

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11 Niger refugees killed in bus crash after fleeing Boko Haram

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A coach carrying refugees from Niger being repatriated from neighbouring Nigeria has crashed killing at least eleven people and wounding sixteen others.

Nine Niger nationals and two Algerians — the driver and a companion — immediately died when the bus hit a lorry head-on.

Tens of thousands of refugees were forced from their homes by militant group Boko Haram at the end of November.

Boko Haram has ransacked northern Nigeria for the past few years: raiding villages, kidnapping children and seizing territory.

The EU has recently unblocked five million euros to help more than one million Nigerians forced from their homes by the group’s insurgency.