At least three people have been killed and seven women abducted by Takfiri Boko Haram militants in northeastern Nigeria, local officials say.
Madagali local government chief Maina Ularamu said on Tuesday that Boko Haram militants attacked the Madagali district of the northeastern state of Adamawa on May 16, when ?they killed three people and kidnapped seven women.?
The official added that the armed militants also injured at least 13 people in the attack. They looted food supplies in the district as well.
The incident comes two months after the Nigerian military announced that Madagali had been cleared from militants, who had gained control over the area last August.
The district chief warned back then, however, that although the district had been cleared from the militants, ?there are still remnants? hiding in nearby mountains and bushes.?
According to the Madagali official, residents who had returned to their homes in March began to flee the area as a result of fresh violence.
Some 15,000 people have been killed and about 1.5 million displaced as a result of Boko Haram violence since 2009.
Women and children rescued by Nigerian soldiers from Boko Haram receive treatment at the Federal Medical Center in Yola, Adamawa, May 5, 2015
Boko Haram, whose name means ?Western education is forbidden,? controls large parts of northeastern Nigeria.
Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria have been directly affected by the growing threat of Boko Haram in recent months.