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Islamic militants' deadly resurgence threatens Nigeria polls

Date: Feb 12, 2019

Nigeria's government acknowledges there has been a resurgence of violence by Islamic extremists in the country's troubled north-east region in the weeks before the country's upcoming national elections on Saturday.

The near-daily attacks have many traumatised Nigerians questioning whether they can vote for Buhari as he seeks a second term. Others question how the elections can be held in the troubled northeast region.

The new violence is by an offshoot of Nigeria's long-time extremists, Boko Haram.

The Islamic State West Africa Province is the IS group's largest presence outside the Middle East and is estimated to have grown to more than 3 000 fighters.

Nigeria has approved a record $147 million for election security but some polling workers in remote areas have rejected their posts in fear of being attacked.



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