At least 11 people have been killed in an attack in a northeast Nigerian town after suspected Boko Haram members opened fire on police and civilians, residents and a local lawmaker said.

Legislator Ayamu Lawan Gwasha said security forces repelled gunmen who attacked the police station and a military post in Damboa, 85km from Borno state capital Maiduguri, on Thursday night.

Farmer Mustapha Aji said other fighters gunned down villagers and firebombed about 20 homes.
He said villagers had feared an attack since fighters gunned down 47 worshippers at a mosque in Konduga village on Sunday.

They had asked for more security, but it hadn't yet arrived.

Northeast Nigeria has been battling fighters of Boko Haram, which wants an Islamic state in the secular country divided about equally between Christians and Muslims.

Source: Agencies