At least 15 Cooperation for the Development of the Congo (CODECO) militia members were killed and three members of the Armed Forces of the DRC (FARDC) wounded in fighting which occurred on Tuesday, June 16, and Wednesday, June 17, in Djugu and Irumu territories (Ituri province).
According to media sources, a group of CODECO fighters ambushed a police patrol on the outskirts of the Kpandroma shopping center in Walendu Pitsi sector (Djugu territory). FARDC troops, supporting the police, responded to the attack leading to fighting which lasted for several hours from 20:00 (local time) Tuesday night into the early hours of Wednesday morning. At least three police officers and one civilian were also killed. Further fighting was reported near the villages of Rity and Wari on the border between the Djugu and Irumu territories, resulting in at least 15 militants killed and several others wounded. Security forces recovered weapons and at least three members of FARDC were wounded in the incident.
Similar militia attacks are possible in the region over the near term.
The government's limited influence and operational capabilities in the DRC's eastern provinces, as well as the presence of numerous armed groups and local self-defense militias, has led to persistent insecurity in the region.
Individuals in Ituri province are advised to remain vigilant, monitor developments, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments.
The security environment in the DRC's eastern provinces remains complex. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.
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