Top official killed in Nigeria state hit by Islamist attacks
Gunmen have killed the justice commissioner for a Nigerian state at the heart of an Islamist insurgency and also an ex-prisons chief in another volatile area, government and police sources said Tuesday.
It was not immediately clear who was behind the killings, but they occurred after security forces on Monday shot dead two suspected high-ranking members of Islamist extremist group Boko Haram.
In Borno state, gunmen stormed the justice commissioner's home late Monday in the town of Bama in the country's northeast, the region where Boko Haram is based and which has been hard hit by gun and bomb attacks.
"We received the report of the death of the commissioner of justice, Zannah Malam Gana," a government official said on condition of anonymity. "He was shot dead by some gunmen in his house around 8:45 pm last night."