Things are getting uglier in the northeast, a clear indication that the war on terror in the country is far from over.

On Wednesday, the United Nations, UN raised alarm at the uprooting of more than 30,000 Nigerians forced to flee the protracted war against the Islamist insurgents in the northeast.

Militant attacks have seen notable towns in the northeastern state of Borno overrun by Islamic State West Africa, ISWA, and sent residents there fleeing to the relative safety of Maiduguri, the state capital.

“The impact of the recent fighting on innocent civilians is devastating and has created a humanitarian tragedy,” Edward Kallon, the head of U.N. operations in Nigeria, said in a statement on Wednesday.

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A December 26 attack on the town of Baga, 200 km (125 miles) north of Maiduguri, triggered “massive displacement”, and another attack two day later nearby Monguno exacerbated the situation, the UN said.

ISWA’s renewed onslaught has also prompted the pullout of at least 260 U.N. aid workers from affected regions, the largest withdrawal since the humanitarian response scaled up in 2016, though some have started to return, the U.N. statement said.

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