Suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) militants have killed at least 35 people during attacks on villages in Beni territory (North Kivu province) between Monday, November 16, and Tuesday, November 17. Authorities announced that 29 bodies were discovered on Monday in Kavuyiri in Virunga National Park whilst on Tuesday, a further six bodies were discovered in Kokola. Security operations have been launched in the vicinity of Kokola in an attempt to apprehend the attackers.
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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