Gunmen attack Nigerian prison

2013-03-23 14:41
Picture: AP

Picture: AP

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Lagos - Gunmen attacked a prison in Ganye in Nigeria's eastern Adamawa state on Friday, setting free inmates and also looting a bank, a senior prison official and police said.

"I can confirm that there was a jailbreak in Ganye by some gunmen this evening. Explosives were used by the attackers to forcefully gain entrance into the prison," Andrew Barka, head of the state prison service, told AFP.

"We still don't know how many inmates were freed or if there were any casualties," he said.

State police spokesperson Mohammed Ibrahim confirmed that gunmen attacked the prison, a nearby police station, a tavern and a bank which he said was set on fire after they looted it.

Co-ordinated attacks

"We have received signals on co-ordinated attacks by some unknown assailants in Ganye this evening. They launched simultaneous attacks on the prison, the divisional police office, a bank and an open-air tavern," he said.

The gunmen used improvised explosive devices on their targets and fired assault rifles. He said that although details of the attacks were sketchy, troops and policemen have been deployed to the area.

A witness who escaped the attack on the tavern, Barnabas Haruna, said the well-co-ordinated attacks took place around 19:00 (18:00 GMT).

"The gunmen chanted Allahu Akbar (God is great) before they launched the attack on the tavern. There were explosions and gunshots. I ducked under a table, crawled and fled the scene," he told AFP.

"I don't know what happened to other people."

A resident said that "the prison, the police station and nearby bank which were some metres away were attacked. Prison officials initially engaged them in a gun duel but the attackers overpowered them."

"They emptied the bank vaults and set it on fire," he said.

It is not known how much money the gunmen looted.

Ganye is located some 100km from the state capital, Yola.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
Read more on:    nigeria  |  west africa publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Rugby World Cup 2015

All the action from the 2015 RWC, including live coverage of all 48 matches, breaking news, fixtures, results, logs - and much more!


Rugby World Cup 2015

Boks to slay Dragons, predicts Carling
Walker called up to face SA
WATCH: Namibia prop bows out with humorous kick!
VIDEO: 'British media were raving about Lood, Eben'
Traffic Alerts

You may find it hard to focus on the mundane routines as the greener pastures seem so tempting. It is a good time to expand more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.