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YOLA, Nigeria — The Latest on Nigeria’s election (all times local): 6:15 p.m. Some Nigerians who were shaken by an extremist attack in the country’s troubled northeast say they stayed away from the polls on Saturday. Maiduguri resident Haruna Isa says he feared for his life after hearing multiple blasts. Nigerian security forces at first denied an attack and called the blasts a show of force to deter extremists. They later acknowledged that Boko Haram extremists attempted to infiltrate the Borno state capital by launching artillery fire. Isa says that I don’t trust anyone anymore, including politicians who might vow to bring security to the troubled northeast. Asmau Hassan, one of the tens of thousands of people displaced by extremist violence, says she lost her voting card in the morning confusion after an explosion at her camp. She says she feels hurt because she wanted to vote for President Muhammadu Buhari but I have just turned into an onlooker now. ___ 5:30 p.m. As vote-counting proceeds in Nigeria’s election, opposition candidate Atiku Abubakar lost at his home polling station in the northern city of Yola. When votes were added up at the polling station where Abubakar cast his ballot earlier Saturday, President Muhammadu Buhari came in first with 186 votes to Abubakar’s 167. A large crowd broke into jubilant cheering when officials announced Buhari’s victory in that polling place. Next level, some chanted, citing Buhari’s campaign slogan. Election observers expect that national results will be announced within two to four days. ___ 5 p.m. In Nigeria’s largest city, Lagos, counting started in many areas, although voting continued in some polling units where the exercise started late because of the delayed arrival of electoral officials and materials. During the voting there were some isolated cases of violence. In the Okota neighborhood of Lagos, thugs disrupted the exercise, setting ballot boxes ablaze. A few cases were reported of hooligans trying to force people to vote for particular candidates, but in most areas voting took place in an orderly way. | Business News, economy, environment, education, news from around the world, U.S & International Breaking News, World News, News, national news, government, Investing, foreign news, Breaking News, political news, Politics, financial information, us news, politics news, entertainment, weather, federal government, political opinion, local news, Markets, White House, travel, top stories, technology, Video news

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