05/07/2013 23:08 GMT
by Aminu Abubakar
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, May 07, 2013 (AFP) - Nigerian gunmen on Tuesday launched coordinated attacks on military barracks, a prison and police stations in the northeastern town of Bama, killing 55 people and springing 105 inmates, the army said.
"Heavily armed Boko Haram terrorists" launched the attacks around 5:00 am (0400 GMT), said Musa Sagir, the military spokesman in nearby Maiduguri, the Islamist group's cradle and stronghold.
"Some of the gunmen attacked the military barracks but they were repelled," he said.