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Suspected Boko Haram gunmen kill seven as Nigerians vote

Policemen patrol on streets in the northeast Nigerian city of Gombe on February 14, 2015At least seven people were killed in separate attacks in the northeast Nigerian state of Gombe on Saturday as the country held presidential elections, with suspected Boko Haram gunmen opening fire on voters at polling stations. The first attacks happened in the neighbouring villages of Birin Bolawa and Birin Fulani in the Nafada district of Gombe, which has been repeatedly targeted by the Islamists. Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau said in a video message last month that the militants would disrupt Saturday’s general election, which they see as “un-Islamic”. The threat and a spate of suicide attacks and bombings against “soft” targets in restive northern Nigeria have prompted the authorities to impose tight security across the country.

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