Suspected Islamist gunmen have launched a series of gun and bomb attacks in a remote town along Nigeria’s border with Cameroon, killing at least 25 people, and freeing 120 prison inmates, police have said.
The gunmen carried out four simultaneous assaults on Ganye in Adamawa State on Friday, opening fire on a bar, a bank, a prisoner warder and separately attacking a prison, Mohammed Ibrahim, police spokesman for Adamawa police command said.
“Twenty-five people were killed in four different simultaneous attacks by gunmen in Ganye,” he said.
Members of insurgent group Boko Haram were the prime suspects, he said. Violence by Islamist insurgents in northern Nigeria is on the rise again after a brief lull.
Three bombs exploded in Kano on Saturday, Kano State police spokesman, Magaji Majiya, said by telephone.
One of the bombings was a suicide attack, but did not claim any lives apart from those of the bombers.
However, a remote control bomb targeting a joint military and police checkpoint wounded several police, he said. A separate gun attack in Dakata killed one person on Saturday, he said.
Majiya said four people had been arrested in connection with the attacks.