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Nigeria on Friday announced the recapture of Boko Haram's headquarters, on the eve of a knife-edge vote at which President Goodluck Jonathan is eyeing re-election against a stiff opposition challenge. The military hailed the claimed victory in Gwoza as a crushing defeat for the rebels, whose six-year insurgency has left more than 13,000 dead and which Jonathan had seemingly been unable to stop. The latest reported military success was announced in a capital that appeared largely empty, as Abuja's residents cleared out of the city centre before the closely-fought vote, with both sides promising victory and widespread fears of post-election unrest. Boko Haram has dominated the campaign, with Jonathan's record on security attacked by the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari.