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13 May 2020 | 05:02 AM UTC

DRC: Suspected militants engage soldiers in Beni (North Kivu province) May 11-12

DR Congo News Alert

Suspected ADF militants clash with soldiers in Beni territory (North Kivu province) on May 11-12; at least three civilians killed in the fighting

TIMEFRAME expected from 5/13/2020, 12:00 AM until 5/15/2020, 11:59 PM (Africa/Kinshasa). COUNTRY/REGION Beni

Event

Suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) engaged Congolese soldiers in Beni territory (North Kivu province) on the evening (local time) on Monday, May 11, through to Tuesday, May 12. The clashes took place in the locality of Eringeti. At least two civilians were wounded in the fighting.

Later on May 12, ADF militants launched another assault in Beni near the locality of Baungachu-Luna (Mama Neema village). No casualties have been reported as of Wednesday, May 13.

Further security operations targeting ADF positions and attacks by rebel forces are possible in North Kivu province over the near term.

Context

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.

The ADF is a Ugandan Islamist militant group that has been active in North Kivu province since the late 1990s. There has been local and international speculation regarding potential links between ADF rebels and Islamic State (IS) militants. According to local civil society activists, more than 200 civilians have been killed in almost daily attacks suspected to have been carried out by ADF militants in North Kivu since early November, when security operations began to combat ADF fighters.

Advice

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

 

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