Gunmen destroy 800 ballot boxes in Nigeria in the latest in a series of attacks

More than 800 ballot boxes were destroyed by armed gunmen, who attacked an office of the electoral commission in southeast Nigeria on Wednesday.

It’s the latest in the series of attacks on the electoral commission’s offices across the region, blamed on armed pro-Biafra separatists groups. Biafra was the country separatists hoped to create but was quashed during Nigeria’s bloody civil war.

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In recent years, pro-Biafra militants have caused widespread terror, attacking government and security posts, and more recently, electoral offices. It’s raising fears for whether the election can hold as planned.

Insecurity is a major problem in Nigeria, with Islamist militants fighting in the northeast, bandits in the northwest and an increase in kidnappings for money across the country. Voters in Africa’s most populous country will go to the polls later this month.





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