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26 Apr 2020 | 01:47 PM UTC

DRC: Suspected CODECO militants kill 23 people in Ituri province April 24 /update 1

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Suspected CODECO militants kill 23 people on April 24 in Naguari, Mahagi territory (Ituri province); similar attacks possible over the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 4/26/2020, 12:00 AM until 4/28/2020, 11:59 PM (Africa/Kinshasa). COUNTRY/REGION DRC, Ituri province

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At least 23 people were killed in an attack by suspected Cooperative for the Development of Congo (CODECO) militants in Naguari, Mahagi territory (Ituri province) on Friday, April 24. At least seven other people were wounded in the attack, including a member of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC). Security forces were deployed to apprehend the attackers, and at least two militants were killed in subsequent fighting.

Operations in the area are ongoing as of Sunday, April 26. Similar attacks are possible in the region over the near term.


The government's limited presence in the DRC's eastern provinces, as well as the presence of numerous armed groups and local self-defense militias, has led to continued insecurity in the area.


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


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