more than 50 dead in several attacks claimed by the ADF near Mangina, North Kivu

more than 50 dead in several attacks claimed by the

In eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, at least 60 people were killed this week in several attacks near the town of Mangina, in the Beni territory of North Kivu. The attacks were carried out and claimed by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) affiliated with the Islamic State group. This toll is the highest for several months in the region despite the “Shujaa” operations carried out in the region by the Congolese army supported by Congolese troops.

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The intensification of Shujaa operations more or less caused the migration of ADF fighters towards the Mangina regions », analyzes Henry-Pacifique Mayala, coordinator of the Kivu Security Barometer, Kivu Security Tracker (KST), a joint project of GEC-Ebuteli, Human Rights Watch and the Bridgeway Foundation.

We also remember that even the Ugandan partner in the framework of joint operations Shujaa was already upset at being forced to leave this area because, on the other hand, the FARDC (Armed Forces of the DRC) were not in control. able to set up a belt to contain this migration of ADF fighters towards the Mangina regions much further west, and potentially the territory of Mambasa, which seems to be a favored destination for them. The fear is that, with the cocoa harvest, access to the mines could constitute a source of supply for this rebellion, an opportunity for restructuring, reorganization with a view to much more criminal reprisals than what is observed at the moment.

For Henry-Pacifique Mayala, the Congolese army was unable to adapt its system to the migration of attackers

Pascal Mulegwa

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