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As Nigerians vote, Boko Haram pillages

Featured People displaced following attacks by Islamist militants lineup for accreditation before casting their votes, in Yola, Nigeria, Saturday March 28, 2015. Nigerians went to the polls Saturday in presidential elections which analysts say will be the most tightly contested in the history of Africa's richest nation and its largest democracy. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba) People displaced following attacks by Islamist militants lineup for accreditation before casting their votes, in Yola, Nigeria, Saturday March 28, 2015. Nigerians went to the polls Saturday in presidential elections which analysts say will be the most tightly contested in the history of Africa's richest nation and its largest democracy. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Witnesses say Boko Haram gunmen forced villagers to abandon three northeastern polling stations as Nigerians line up to vote in a closely contested presidential election.

Malam Shuaibu Biri says the Islamic insurgents wearing military fatigues drove in five pickup vehicles and motorcycles to villages in Gombe state and shouted at people to leave or risk being killed.

Nigeria's home-grown extremists have threatened to disrupt the elections, saying democracy is a corrupt Western concept.

The Defense Ministry on Friday announced it had destroyed Boko Haram's headquarters in neighboring Borno state and driven the extremists from its strongholds in the states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe.

Nigerians are turning out in their millions to vote in an election analysts say is too close to call between President Goodluck Jonathan and former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari.

Last modified onSaturday, 28 March 2015 09:27

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