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Nigeria hit by a day of political violence

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A number of people have been killed in a suspected bomb blast at a Nigerian election office in Suleja, on the northwestern edge of the capital Abuja.

There are also reports that four others were shot dead at a police station in Shani in Borno in the north east, as they prepared to distribute election leaflets.

The violence is a futher blow to hopes of an orderly election in Nigeria, already a week late because of poor organisation.

Human Rights watch estimate that as may as 85 people have been killed in political violence linked to the election campaign.

Boko Haram, a radical Islamist sect is being blamed for the upsurge in violence in the north east.

Yet, some analysts believe their name is being used as a front to cover UP general political intimidation.