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Niger deports 3,000 Nigerians, including refugees from Boko Haram; Several die in severe heat

  • Nigeria refugees who were deported by Niger troops arrive in Gaidam, Nigeria Thursday, May 6, 2015.  Niger troops have deported more than 3,000 Nigerian fishermen and refugees escaping Boko Haram, forcing them to undertake a brutal three-day trek in which at least a dozen people died, an official and witnesses said Wednesday. Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency's Charles Otegbabe said it was alerted by Niger and sent trucks to collect the exhausted refugees at the border, registering at least 3,000 new arrivals in Gaidam town and expect hundreds more. (AP Photo/Jossy Ola)

    Nigeria refugees who were deported by Niger troops arrive in Gaidam, Nigeria Thursday, May 6, 2015. Niger troops have deported more than 3,000 Nigerian fishermen and refugees escaping Boko Haram, forcing them to undertake a brutal three-day trek in which at least a dozen people died, an official and witnesses said Wednesday. Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency's Charles Otegbabe said it was alerted by Niger and sent trucks to collect the exhausted refugees at the border, registering at least 3,000 new arrivals in Gaidam town and expect hundreds more. (AP Photo/Jossy Ola)  (The Associated Press)

  • Nigeria refugees shelter under a mattress after they were deported by Niger troops arrive in Gaidam, Nigeria Thursday, May 6, 2015. Niger troops have deported more than 3,000 Nigerian fishermen and refugees escaping Boko Haram, forcing them to undertake a brutal three-day trek in which at least a dozen people died, an official and witnesses said Wednesday. Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency's Charles Otegbabe said it was alerted by Niger and sent trucks to collect the exhausted refugees at the border, registering at least 3,000 new arrivals in Gaidam town and expect hundreds more. (AP Photo/Jossy Ola)

    Nigeria refugees shelter under a mattress after they were deported by Niger troops arrive in Gaidam, Nigeria Thursday, May 6, 2015. Niger troops have deported more than 3,000 Nigerian fishermen and refugees escaping Boko Haram, forcing them to undertake a brutal three-day trek in which at least a dozen people died, an official and witnesses said Wednesday. Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency's Charles Otegbabe said it was alerted by Niger and sent trucks to collect the exhausted refugees at the border, registering at least 3,000 new arrivals in Gaidam town and expect hundreds more. (AP Photo/Jossy Ola)  (The Associated Press)

  • Nigeria refugees rest after being deported by Niger troops arrive in Gaidam, Nigeria Thursday, May 6, 2015. Niger troops have deported more than 3,000 Nigerian fishermen and refugees escaping Boko Haram, forcing them to undertake a brutal three-day trek in which at least a dozen people died, an official and witnesses said Wednesday. Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency's Charles Otegbabe said it was alerted by Niger and sent trucks to collect the exhausted refugees at the border, registering at least 3,000 new arrivals in Gaidam town and expect hundreds more. (AP Photo/Jossy Ola)

    Nigeria refugees rest after being deported by Niger troops arrive in Gaidam, Nigeria Thursday, May 6, 2015. Niger troops have deported more than 3,000 Nigerian fishermen and refugees escaping Boko Haram, forcing them to undertake a brutal three-day trek in which at least a dozen people died, an official and witnesses said Wednesday. Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency's Charles Otegbabe said it was alerted by Niger and sent trucks to collect the exhausted refugees at the border, registering at least 3,000 new arrivals in Gaidam town and expect hundreds more. (AP Photo/Jossy Ola)  (The Associated Press)

An official and witnesses say Niger troops have deported more than 3,000 Nigerian fishermen and refugees escaping Boko Haram.

They said Wednesday a dozen people died during a three-day trek in severe heat.

Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency said it was alerted by Niger and sent trucks to collect the exhausted refugees at the border.

The agency's Charles Otegbabe was registering the new arrivals in Gaidam town. He said he had listed more than 3,000 people and expected hundreds more.

Two of the refugees said about a dozen people died along the way due to lack of water, including a woman and the twins she had just given birth to.

Niger said Monday it was carrying out military operations in the Lake Chad area and ordered citizens to move inland.