Gunmen kill 47 in attack in Nigeria, fire damages historic palace

The assailants burned down the palace of the traditional ruler of Borno, whose kingdom was one of West Africa's oldest medieval Islamic caliphates.

Gunmen kill 47 in attack in Nigeria, fire damages historic palace

World Bulletin / News Desk

Gunmen attacked the northeastern town of Bama on Wednesday, opening fire on a school, shooting or burning to death 47 people and trashing the palace of a traditional ruler, officials and witnesses said.

The death toll was confirmed by Lawal Tanko, the police commissioner for Borno state. Many more were wounded, he said.

He added that the assailants had also partly burned down the palace of the traditional ruler of Borno, whose kingdom was one of West Africa's oldest medieval Islamic caliphates.

"Boko Haram came in at about 4.00 a.m. (0300 GMT), just when we were getting ready for the morning prayers," said Bama resident Abba Masta, who lives near the palace.

"There was shooting everywhere and they set the palace on fire. Many died. Students had to run for their lives as they attacked the government girls college as well."

It was one of several deadly attacks this week.

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