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17 May 2020 | 05:47 PM UTC

DRC: Gunmen kill civilians in overnight raid in Ituri province May 17

DR Congo News Alert

CODECO militiamen kill 20 civilians in a raid in Djugu territory (Ituri province) May 17; further attacks possible over the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 5/17/2020, 12:00 AM until 5/20/2020, 11:59 PM (Africa/Kinshasa). COUNTRY/REGION Djugu territory (Ituri province), Ituri province

Event

A dozen suspected Cooperative for the Development of the Congo (CODECO) militants attacked Djisa village in Djugu territory (Ituri province) at approximately 01:00 (local time) on Sunday morning, May 17, killing at least 20 civilians. According to reports, the assailants fled the scene before security forces were deployed. A further 17 civilians were wounded in the overnight raid and have since been taken to a hospital in Drodro to receive treatment.

A heightened security presence should be anticipated in the area. Similar attacks are possible in the region 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 region.

Advice

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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