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Boko Haram kill 39 people during Nigerian election

Nigeria have extended the voting period for their current elections until Sunday. Credit: Reuters/Akintunde Akinleye

Boko Haram extremists have killed 39 people, including a legislator, in north-eastern Nigeria, disrupting the country's presidential election, officials said.

All the attacks took place in the north east where the military announced it had cleared the Islamic extremists from all major centres.

Residents of the town of Miringa said Boko Haram militants torched people's homes and then shot them as they tried to escape. Twenty five people reportedly died.

Witnesses and officials said another 14 people, including Gombe state legislator Umaru Ali, died later today in attacks on the towns of Biri and Dukku.


Police probe 'death threats' to BBC chief after Clarkson row

BBC director-general Tony Hall has reportedly been kept under guard. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Police are investigating death threats made against the director-general of the BBC, reportedly linked to the decision to end Jeremy Clarkson's role as host of Top Gear.

Scotland Yard says it is looking into allegations made on Wednesday, the day Tony Hall announced the decision.

The Mail on Sunday reported that Hall and his wife Cynthia had been under guard following the threats, with pictures showing security personnel on patrol outside his home.

Upon announcing Clarkson's axing from the popular series over a "fracas" with a producer, Hall said a "line had been crossed", adding: "There cannot be one rule for one and one rule for another".

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "Police in Westminster are investigating an allegation of threats to kill. The allegation was reported to police on Wednesday March 25. Inquiries continue. No arrests have been made."


Opponents round on Cameron seven-day NHS pledge

David Cameron unveiled his NHS plans earlier today. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

David Cameron's political opponents have accused his party of "degenerating" the NHS and "misleading" the public after he promised a "truly seven-day" health service under a Conservative government.

Labour's campaign vice chair Lucy Powell claimed Tory plans would mean "extreme" cuts to the NHS.

When he pledges seven-day-a-week care in the NHS, people will remember that he did exactly the same before the last election, only to break his word," she said.

The Liberal Democrats claimed that they were the only party to have a "credible plan top invest the £8 billion per year by 2020 that NHS bosses say is needed".

And Ukip health spokesman Louise Bours said: "If the Tories were serious about the NHS they would have brought these changes in over the last five years they have been in government, but instead they have degenerated the NHS beyond all recognition."

Doctors' group: Cameron NHS plans 'an empty pledge'

David Cameron's plans for a "truly seven-day NHS" have come under attack from doctors's leaders, who have accused him of "shameless political game playing".

Dr Mark Porter, chair of the British Medical Association council, said the Conservatives had already left "existing services stretched to breaking point".

With existing services stretched to breaking point, a majority of hospitals facing crippling budget deficits and frontline staff under extreme pressure, the NHS needs far more than just words to deliver extra care.

Without a detailed, fully-costed plan to provide the staff and resources needed to deliver more seven-day services, this is at best an empty pledge and at worst shameless political game playing with the NHS ahead of the election.

– Dr Mark Porter, British Medical Association
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