A Mai-Mai militia, known locally as Hapa Na Pale, killed at least 11 people and injured eight others overnight between Monday, August 17, and Tuesday, August 18, Kabambare territory (Maniema province). The attackers reportedly set up a roadblock on the Luluimba-Nedra road near the village of Kako where they stopped a vehicle and shot at those on board. It is currently unclear if security forces have been deployed to vicinity following the attack; however, a local official stated that government forces are engaged in ongoing pacification operations in the Kabambare area.
Similar attacks 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 Maniema 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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