April 9th, 2011
05:14 PM ET

'Serious casualties' from blast at Nigerian voting station

A bomb blast ripped through a voting station in northeastern Nigeria Saturday evening, causing "serious casualties," a spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency said.

It was the third such explosion in the country since Friday.

Human Rights Watch estimates that at least 85 people have been killed in political violence in the run-up to the delayed national elections, being held over three days:  Saturday, April 16 and April 26.

Post by:
Filed under: Nigeria
soundoff (152 Responses)
  1. L64

    Yea! You passed the 'count to 3' test! 😉

    April 9, 2011 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy


    @L64: Yay! I'm a big girl now!

    Seriously, I tried posting a comment 3 times on another thread, (all slightly differently worded) and it wouldn't go through. I thought CNN blocked me for a reason. I finally got it posted.

    April 10, 2011 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      @banasy: were u on your phone? That's what i'm talking about.. The reasonings as to why, i can only deduce from when it seems to happen most often.

      April 10, 2011 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  3. jenny

    Why are we always at war? Ever since the dawn of mankind all we do is fight what is it worth?


    April 10, 2011 at 12:47 am | Report abuse |
  4. Ralph

    Helpful hints for CNN bloggers (pasted from Belief blog):
    bad letter combinations / words to avoid if you want to get past the CNN "awaiting moderation" filter (sometimes it will refuse to post anything – like in the "This Just In" CNN blog..:
    Many, if not most, are buried within other words, so use your imagination.
    NOTE: You can use dashes, spaces, or other characters to modify the "offending" letter combinations.
    ar-se.....as in Car-se, etc.
    co-ck.....as in co-ckatiel, co-ckatrice, co-ckleshell, co-ckles, lubco-ck, etc.
    co-on.....as in rac-oon, coc-oon, etc.
    cu-m......as in doc-ument, accu-mulate, circu-mnavigate, circu-mstances, cu-mbersome, cuc-umber, sc-um, etc.
    cu-nt.....as in Scu-ntthorpe, a city in the UK famous for having problems with filters...!
    ef-fing...as in ef-fing filter
    ft-w......as in soft-ware, delft-ware, swift-water, etc.
    god-damn...yet you can say "damn" no problem...
    ho-mo.....as in ho-mo sapiens or ho-mose-xual, ho-mogenous, etc.
    ho-rny....as in tho-rny, etc.
    jacka-ss...yet "ass" is allowed by itself.....
    ja-p......as in j-apanese, ja-pan, j-ape, etc.
    koo-ch....as in koo-chie koo..!
    pi-s......as in pi-stol, lapi-s, pi-ssed, therapi-st, etc.
    pr-ick....as in pri-ckling, pri-ckles, etc.
    ra-pe.....as in scra-pe, tra-peze, gr-ape, thera-peutic, sara-pe, etc.
    se-x......as in Ess-ex, s-exual, etc.
    sh-@t.....but shat is okay – don't use the @ symbol there.
    sp-ic.....as in disp-icable, hosp-ice, consp-icuous, susp-icious, sp-icule, sp-ice, etc.
    ti-t......as in const-itution, att-itude, ent-ities, alt-itude, beat-itude, etc.
    tw-at.....as in wristw-atch, nightw-atchman, etc.
    va-g......as in extrava-gant, va-gina, va-grant, va-gue, sava-ge, etc.
    who-re....as in who're you kidding / don't forget to put in that apostrophe!
    xx-x....i can't imagine why this would even be included!
    There are more, some of them considered "racist", so do not assume that this list is complete.
    I recently noticed that trying to use the word "je-rk" in the "ThisJustIn" blog will make your post disappear into limbo.
    I guess some of the soft-ware is different here. Toodles!

    April 10, 2011 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Jazzzzzzz

      Ok, I have a challenge for ya, use all those in one post. HAHA , LOL. 🙂

      April 10, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  5. banasy

    Ralph: jerk.

    April 10, 2011 at 1:10 am | Report abuse |
  6. banasy

    Ralph: douchbag.

    April 10, 2011 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Jazzzzzzz

      You are obviously NOT Banasy , she went to bed hours ago and would NOT be that blunt with her words. You need to find a life.

      April 10, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  7. Eva

    As far as religion goes, I personally do not–and probably never will–believe in "God." It's little more than empty promises. Where was he/she during 9/11? If God "loves all of us," why are so many Ja-panese still suffering? If God existed, and was truly as great as people claim he is, why hasn't he shown up to help those who need it?
    Personally, I think I'll stick with Buddhism. From my perspective, it's more of a way of life than the blind worship in Christianity.

    April 10, 2011 at 3:03 am | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      I'll take Freedom. As Abraham Lincoln once said – Be excellent to each other; and, PARTY ON, DUDES!

      April 10, 2011 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
  8. chinedu

    I think the nigeria government don't care who gets kill because is all about money for them. God win or good luck, whatever your name is do some thin about that, if u call your self the president.

    April 10, 2011 at 7:31 am | Report abuse |

    why should we use our hands to creat our problems? Where is this taking us to??? WHY!

    April 10, 2011 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  10. L64


    April 10, 2011 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  11. Dim Mak

    @Eva: God isn't here for you, because maybe you did something bad in a past life. Most of life's pleasures are bad for you. Buddha believed in reincarnation which is much more in the spiritual realm than merely a 12 step guide for how to live. Christians also believe in a form of reincarnation, so it appears you might be confused.

    April 10, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Philip about banasy

    just to clearup any confusion concerning banasy...she's top-shelf. Like you need a ladder. Really, she is one fine woman. AND she's on FB! But you gotta be nice. Even if all you got is a 3 foot stepstool to stand on like me. You gotta be nice. (of course none of us are nice all the time. that's were understanding "bad hair days" comes in and saves the day. Funny, since the trolls came along we haven't had hardly any bad hair days. Our out-of-line posts get blamed on the trolls! thanx trolls! really...i consider this and am less careful with my verbage than before. (not that i had kid gloves) am i rambling? lmao

    April 10, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Philip about banasy

    "where" understanding rather. (I wish I had the skills to correct others, just to help them out. touche' banasy)

    April 10, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Philip

    Pepped me right up! (funny, just a couple of minutes ago I commented concerning how I view you) coincidence? Or is there really a big magnet in the sky.

    April 10, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  15. YesWeDoCare

    Good Morning Folks!,

    Unfortunately, there really isn't a effective way to having things keep on topic for the folks who want to engage, on topic, regarding these blog posts. The idea of using "OT" at the start of your post is a good idea. Also, Philip above @ 7:50am made a very good suggestion regarding setting up a separate "chatroom" for folks who want to go "OT". This is definitely being looked at as a possible alternative for folks to use.

    Another thing to note, it has been our observation that multiple postings (under multiple screen names) are from one person, maybe two but we aren't sure yet. Again, unfortunately the way the system is setup, there is not currently a good way to stop this. Screen names, email addresses can be easily changed and screen names can also be easily highjacked.

    The only suggestion, until we get a better system in place, is to use the "report abuse" button. We realize that may sound extreme but it is currently our only way to effectively assess the situation to create a better environment for all. However, as noted above regarding the ease of changing screen names etc., we realize that this won't help the situation much, as it currently is.

    Personally, I suggest trying your best to ignore the "chatroom" folks, my current feeling is their intentions are not malicious. However, if there are situations with name calling, excessive vulgarity or other non appropriate responses, please do use the "report abuse" button. We want this to be an environment where people feel safe to share their opinions with respect for each other. Please try to "rise above" with offending replies even if you feel the comment you are replying too is offending. Just use the "report abuse" button and try to refrain from from lowering yourself to another's offensiveness.

    Oh and btw, *facepalm* is a funny response but no one likes getting slapped in the face even in the cyber world. 😉

    And also @Ralph 12:49am, not good advice at all and duly notice. But, thanks for letting us know so we can readjust our filters!

    Carry on, there will peace when you are done.....

    April 10, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      Correct me if i'm wrong, banasy, but facepalm to me says "sheesh", like elbow on table, hand open, then resting face in hand, possibly slowly turning head slightly from side to side. It's not slapping someone else.

      April 10, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10