Security forces reportedly foiled an attack by a group of militiamen in Jitso village in Djugu territory (Ituri province) on Friday, July 10. According to media sources, the assailants camped in the area for two days, approximately 8km (5 mi) from the Fataki shopping center, and opened fire on a convoy of vehicles bound for Mahagi at approximately 17:00 (local time). Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC), with support from local police and the United Nations Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO), retaliated and an exchange of fire ensued between the forces for around 30 minutes, before the militiamen were forced to retreat.
Similar attacks and counteroperations from security forces 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 region.
Those in Ituri province are advised to remain vigilant for rebel and militia activity, monitor developments, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments.
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