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MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- A Nigerian senator says that gunmen believed to be members of the Boko Haram sect have killed scores of residents in Damasak in the country's troubled northeastern Borno state.

Maina Lawan said eyewitnesses said the attackers arrived with improvised explosive devices and petrol bombs on Monday in a convoy of Toyota Hilux vehicles and motorcycles.

An unknown number of residents were killed while others fled.

Damasak is an isolated town in northeastern Nigeria, boarding Niger Republic. Maiduguri, the state capital, is 187 kilometers (116 miles) away.

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