Congolese authorities announced that ten Islamist militants were killed on Friday, August 28, as they ambushed an army convoy in the town of Mbau (North-Kivu province). Reportedly, six Congolese soldiers also sustained injuries as a result of the incident. According to a local community leader, the same group that ambushed the army convoy killed five civilians and abducted several others and in the area shortly after.
Further attacks are possible 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.
Individuals in North Kivu 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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