Boko Haram blamed for Nigeria village attacks; 15 killed, chief kidnapped
June 17, 2014 -- Updated 1255 GMT (2055 HKT)
- Attackers kill 15 people in Borno state, abduct village chief in Yobe state, residents say
- In Borno state in April, Boko Haram abducted nearly 300 schoolgirls, who remain missing
- The Islamist militant group has terrorized Nigeria's northeastern Borno state in recent years
Kano, Nigeria (CNN) -- Nearly 20 suspected Boko Haram gunmen opened fire on market vendors in Nigeria, killing 15 people in Borno state, witnesses say.
They also burned a local traders market, several homes and a church, said residents who survived the Sunday attack on the remote Christian village of Daku in the district of Askira Uba.
This is the latest raid in northeast Borno state near Chibok, where militants from the Islamist group shocked the world when they kidnapped nearly 300 Nigerian schoolgirls two months ago.
Orphaned by Boko Haram
Hunt for Boko Haram focuses on Lake Chad
"The gunmen looted food items and money left by traders while fleeing the attack," eyewitness and resident Andrew Musa said of Sunday's violence. "They pursued people who attempted to flee into nearby bushes and shot them."
"We recovered 15 bodies from the bushes after the attack, including that of the village chief," he added.
In neighboring Yobe state on Sunday, gunmen on motorcycles stormed a mosque in Gumsa village during prayers and abducted the local chief, residents said.
"The gunmen burned the police station and a telecommunications mast in the village before fleeing into the bush with the chief," resident Kaka Bunu said.
Boko Haram has terrorized Nigeria's Borno state in recent years, in an effort to create an Islamic state.
READ: How Nigeria's brutal schoolgirl abduction shocked the world
READ: Where are Nigeria's missing girls? On the hunt for Boko Haram
Today's five most popular stories
Part of complete coverage on
June 10, 2014 -- Updated 1041 GMT (1841 HKT)
Arwa Damon meets two young orphans, now in Niger, whose mother died years ago -- and whose father was killed in a Boko Haram attack in Nigeria.
June 10, 2014 -- Updated 1041 GMT (1841 HKT)
A small river marks the border between Niger and Nigeria -- a shallow divide between security and the horrors of Boko Haram.
June 10, 2014 -- Updated 0959 GMT (1759 HKT)
CNN's Arwa Damon reports that U.S. sources now believe Boko Haram insurgents may be hiding on the islands of Lake Chad.
June 5, 2014 -- Updated 1915 GMT (0315 HKT)
Isha Sesay talks to journalist Aminu Abubakar who says approximately 500 people have been killed in northeastern Nigeria.
June 4, 2014 -- Updated 1007 GMT (1807 HKT)
Police in Nigeria's capital Tuesday made a U-turn, saying a ban on protests in support of the more than 200 girls kidnapped in April does not exist.
May 27, 2014 -- Updated 0636 GMT (1436 HKT)
A top Nigerian official claims to know where the missing schoolgirls are located, as Arwa Damon reports.
May 26, 2014 -- Updated 2100 GMT (0500 HKT)
Arwa Damon reports on Nigerian schools sitting empty as residents live in fear of Boko Haram.
May 21, 2014 -- Updated 2311 GMT (0711 HKT)
A large part of northern and central Nigeria is now at the mercy of intensified attacks by Boko Haram, and the group seems to be embarking on a new phase of its campaign.
May 21, 2014 -- Updated 1402 GMT (2202 HKT)
It's one of the most important Nigerian stories to hit the big screen -- yet the director says Nigeria's bureaucracy is purposely preventing its release.
May 19, 2014 -- Updated 1151 GMT (1951 HKT)
Opinion: The media turns Boko Haram into 'superstar monsters' -- which is exactly what they want.
May 13, 2014 -- Updated 1224 GMT (2024 HKT)
CNN's Nima Elbagir speaks with the mothers of two missing Nigerian schoolgirls.
May 12, 2014 -- Updated 1318 GMT (2118 HKT)
With fear in her eyes, a young woman tells CNN's Nima Elbagir, the first journalist to visit Chibok, how she fled gun-toting Islamic extremists.
April 11, 2014 -- Updated 1039 GMT (1839 HKT)
Over the last 20 years, the narrative on the African continent has shifted from Afro-pessimism to Afro-optimism.
May 8, 2014 -- Updated 1125 GMT (1925 HKT)
Women in repressive countries are fighting back against injustice, writes Frida Ghitis.
March 4, 2014 -- Updated 1346 GMT (2146 HKT)
Biyi Bandele, who recently directed Oscar nominated Chiwetel Ejiofor in "Half of a Yellow Sun," discusses his remarkable journey.
October 22, 2014 -- Updated 1024 GMT (1824 HKT)
From regular people to celebrities, here are some of the people participating in the movement.
April 11, 2014 -- Updated 0933 GMT (1733 HKT)
Nigeria woke up to a brand new economy, apparently. But the country are suffering and its people responded with a hiss.
April 7, 2014 -- Updated 0900 GMT (1700 HKT)
At 23, many people around the world are still at university -- at that age, Gossy Ukanwoke had already started one.
April 18, 2014 -- Updated 1623 GMT (0023 HKT)
Oprah, if you're reading this, for goodness sake return this woman's calls.
Are you in Nigeria? Share your thoughts on the schoolgirls' kidnapping, but please stay safe.