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Troops repel election-day Boko Haram attacks


Early morning attacks on Maiduguri metropolis by Boko Haram insurgents were repelled by Nigerian troops on Saturday, the day Africa’s biggest democracy is going to poll to elect a new president.

Another set of the insurgents also attacked a Yobe town around the same time, Reuters reported.

“The situation seems to have been contained by the Nigerian troops. Hopefully people will be assured to go out and cast their votes,” said Ahmad Salkida, a journalist known to have the knowledge, to a large extent, on the workings of the different factions Boko Haram in Nigeria’s northeast.

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