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05 Oct 2018 | 10:18 PM UTC

DRC: Rebels kill at least six people in attack on Beni October 4

DR Congo News Alert

At least six people killed in attack on Beni by suspected rebel forces on October 4; further attacks possible

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/5/2018, 12:00 AM until 10/12/2018, 11:59 PM (Africa/Kinshasa). COUNTRY/REGION Beni

Event

Suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels launched an attack on Beni (North Kivu province) on the evening (local time) of Thursday, October 4, killing at least six people, including four soldiers and two civilians. According to local officials, the attack targeted a high-ranking member of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC). Similar rebel attacks are possible in Beni over the coming days and weeks.

Context

The ADF is a Ugandan Islamist militant group that has been active in North Kivu province since the late 1990s. Notably, the group is suspected of having carried out an attack on UN peacekeepers in Beni territory (North Kivu province) in December 2017, killing at least 15 peacekeepers and wounding some 53 others. In general, the Congolese government's limited presence in the eastern provinces, including North Kivu, as well as the presence of numerous armed groups (such as the ADF) and local self-defense militias (Maï-Maï militias) have led to continued insecurity in the area.

Advice

Individuals in North Kivu province are advised to monitor developments to the situation, remain vigilant for militant activity, avoid the affected area, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.

 

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