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At least 23 die in Niger stampede: Officials

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
This file photo shows an aerial view of houses outside the town of Diffa, in Niger. (By Reuters)

At least 23 people died in a stampede as Nigerian refugees rushed to get food and clothes in a community center just over the border in Niger on Monday, officials said.

The refugees were lining up to get supplies in the town of Diffa, Nigerian regional officials told Reuters.

The area is home to almost 250,000 displaced people, according to the United Nations. Many of them have fled attacks by Boko Haram militants and other armed groups in northeast Nigeria.

Boko Haram has been fighting for a decade to carve out a "caliphate" and has staged regular raids into neighboring Chad, Niger, and Cameroon, killing thousands.

(Source: Reuters)

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