Unidentified gunmen killed two individuals, including an Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) soldier, in Rutshuru (North Kivu province) on Saturday, May 16. According to local media, a motorcycle taxi driver and the FARDC soldier were en route to Tongo (North Kivu province) when the gunmen ambushed and fatally shot both. No further details on the incident have been reported as of Monday, May 18.
Further attacks are possible in North Kivu province over the near term.
The government's limited presence in the DRC's eastern provinces, including North Kivu, as well as the presence of numerous armed groups and local self-defense militias have led to continued insecurity in the area. In 2017, North and South Kivu provinces recorded an increase in armed group activities. Humanitarian organizations have stated that security conditions in the Kivu regions present a major obstacle to delivering humanitarian assistance to those in need, as kidnappings, including of Congolese and foreign aid workers, are frequent in the area.
Individuals in North Kivu province are advised to monitor developments to the situation, remain vigilant for militant activity, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments. A number of Western governments advise their citizens against travel to the east and northeast of the country due to poor security conditions, including the presence of armed groups and a high risk of kidnapping. Professional security advice should be sought prior to travel.
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