Suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) militants carried out two separate attacks in Beni territory (North Kivu province) between the evening of Saturday, November 7, and the early hours of Sunday, November 8. ADF fighters attacked Kisima at 23:30 (local time) on Saturday during which six civilians and a soldier were killed. A number of houses were also burned down. During the early hours of Sunday, suspected ADF militants killed six people during an attack on the village of Matadi before looting properties in the area. Reports suggest that the rebels have entrenched themselves in Mebendu and reports suggest that government troops have deployed to launch an offensive against them.
Further attacks and security operations are likely in Beni territory in the near term.
The ADF, a Ugandan Islamist militant group that has been active in North Kivu province since the late 1990s, has been increasingly active in the Beni region in recent months, staging dozens of attacks on local communities and security forces. According to the UN figures, more than 1000 civilians have been killed in attacks by the group since the beginning of 2019.
Those in North Kivu 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. 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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