Gunmen believed to be affiliated with the Coalition of Congolese Democrats (CODECO) group killed three people and kidnapped 42 others in the mining town of Shaba, Aru territory (Ituri province) on Thursday, August 27. The attack reportedly occurred during Thursday evening when attackers armed with bladed weapons and firearms looted the town and set fire to at least 500 homes.
Further rebel attacks and associated security operations are likely in Ituri province in the medium term.
Dozens of attacks on communities in Ituri province have been attributed to CODECO since violence in the region flared in March 2020. The clashes have been linked to long-simmering tensions between the Lendu ethnic group, from which CODECO is drawn, and local Hema traders. However, security forces' capabilities in Ituri, as elsewhere in the DRC's unstable eastern provinces, remain limited, and the government has so far struggled to stem the violence.
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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