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High voters turnout for Nigerian elections despite Boko Haram attacks

An attack in northeastern Nigeria by suspected Islamist militants just hours before polls were set to open in Nigeria’s presidential election Saturday underscored the challenges confronting Africa’s most populous nation. Nigerians began voting for a new president Saturday after a week-long delay that has raised political tempers, sparked conspiracy claims and stoked fears of violence, including terrorist attacks and post-electoral unrest. Just hours before polls were set to open, suspected Islamist attacked a northeastern Nigerian town, forcing residents to flee. "We have fled, along with our wives and children and hundreds of others," Ibrahim Gobi, who lives in the town of Geidam in Yobe state, told Reuters by telephone. "We are right now running and hiding in the bushes."

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