Nigerians registering to vote in Saturday elections were attacked by suspected Boko Haram gunmen in towns in the northern state of Gombe, residents said.
“Gunmen in cars and motorcycles began sporadic shooting” in Shole, Aminu Kabiru, a resident, said by phone. In Dukku, also in Gombe state, suspected Boko Haram insurgents at about 11:30 a.m. assaulted the town and burnt a police station, a bank and stopped voters from registering, Haruna Duku, a trader, said by phone. Duku couldn’t immediately confirm the number of casualties.
Nigerians will vote for the president and parliament in a closely fought election after a campaign that’s been dominated by a slowing economy and a war against Islamist militants.
Attacks by Boko Haram have killed at least 1,000 civilians this year, according to Human Rights Watch, and prompted a six-week vote delay last month after the military said it needed time to subdue the insurgents.