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12 Killed on Eve of Nigerian Election

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TEHRAN, April 9 (ICANA) – At least 12 people have been killed in a bombing at a Nigerian electoral office and an armed attack on a police post storing voting materials on the eve of the country's parliamentary election.
Saturday, April 09, 2011 9:58:02 PM
12 Killed on Eve of Nigerian Election

The police said the blast in Suleja, which is located near the capital Abuja, killed at least eight people and injured 26 others, while the attack on a police post in northeastern Nigeria claimed the lives of four people, AFP reported on Friday.

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan condemned the attacks and ordered that prompt security measures be taken at election offices hours prior to the start of the voting.

The blast occurred as materials and personnel were being deployed for the election, according to Chief Attahiru Jega of the electoral commission.

"We condemn this cowardly and dastardly action, which seems designed to instill fear in Nigerians and paralyze their aspirations for peaceful and credible elections,” he said.

In the town of Shani in Borno State, gunmen attacked a police station where electoral officials were collecting voting materials.

The police have named no suspects in the attacks so far.

A presidential election will be held in Nigeria on April 16, and gubernatorial elections will be held on April 26. The incumbent president will be facing 18 challengers in the election.

Nigeria had earlier expelled 87 nationals of the Republic of Niger after they allegedly attempted to rig this month's elections.

Last year, more than 50 people were killed in election-related violence in the African nation.

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