Suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) militants killed at least seven civilians in an attack in Loselose, near Mutwaga (North Kivu province) on Sunday, May 24. The militants reportedly attacked an Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) position near the village at 04:00 (local time), before making their incursion into the village. Reports state that several homes were also burned down.
Similar ADF attacks are to be expected in North Kivu province 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.
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.
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.
A number of Western governments advise their citizens against travel to the east and northeast of the country due to poor security conditions, including the presence of armed groups and a high risk of kidnapping. Professional security advice should be sought prior to travel.
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