Maiduguri – Three people have died in northeast Nigeria after a fire broke out in a building housing people displaced by Boko Haram Islamists, emergency officials said on Thursday.

Huge flames coming from a factory on fire in an industrial area.

The National Emergency Management Agency said the blaze happened at the College of Business and Management Studies site in Konduga, which houses more than 6 200 internally displaced people (IDPs).

“The fire started at about 09:40 GMT from the cooking area leading to the death of three people and six others injured,” NEMA spokesperson Abdulkadir Ibrahim said in a statement.

Konduga is some 35km from the Borno state capital, Maiduguri.

Boko Haram’s insurgency has killed at least 20 000 people and forced more than 2.6 million others from their homes since it began in 2009.

As the military opens up areas formerly in the hands of the jihadists, hundreds of thousands of people have fled to the safety of camps and host communities across Borno.

People in the camps live in makeshift tents, often made of woven dried grass draped over tree branches. Cooking is done outside over wood fires.

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