Seconds after glimpsing Boko Haram gunmen leap out of vehicles brandishing weapons in the town of Rann, Nigeria, Abdul, 45, rushed inside the medical clinic where he worked.

Raising his eyes up to the ceiling, it seemed as if he was about to murmur a prayer.

Instead, he clambered atop a plastic worktable and hoisted himself inside a narrow concealed opening just below the roof.

“I hid there for hours,” said Abdul, one of more than 35,000 Nigerians who fled Rann for Cameroon.

He described the shooting he heard outside while militants shouted “we are the agents of Jihad!”

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