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  • Capital: Kinshasa
  • Major Languages: French
  • Currency: Congolese Franc
  • Timezone: GMT +1:00 to +2:00

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There were several years of political unrest in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) over President Joseph Kabila's failure to step down at the end of his two-term mandate, which expired in December 2016.  The lack of change sparked widespread anti-government protests across the country, leading to clashes with the security forces during which dozens of people were killed.  Elections were eventually held in December 2018, with Felix Tshisekedi of the Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS) narrowly defeating Martin Fayulu of the Engagement for Citizenship and Development party. Fayulu challenged the result, which he claimed was rigged as part of a deal between Tshisekedi and Kabila, but this was dismissed by the Constitutional Court in January 2019. Two months later Kabila's Common Front for Congo (FCC) won a majority in senate elections, limiting Tshisekedi to govern independently.

The United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), the largest peacekeeping force in the world, has around 18,000 security personnel and observers deployed in the country. The MONUSCO forces are concentrated in eastern DRC and tasked with the consolidation of state authority and the protection of civilians. A multitude of rebel groups are active in and around the north-east of the country, including the various Mai-Mai militias and the Democratic Liberation Forces of Rwanda (FDLR). In addition, Ugandan rebels from the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) have carried out multiple attacks across North and South Kivu. There have also been several skirmishes between Congolese and Ugandan security forces on Lake Edward, several of which have led to the deaths of civilians. Rebels frequently target health workers and medical centres in North and South Kivu, hindering the response to an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus. The ongoing violence has prompted several anti-MONUSCO protests across the two provinces.

Since December 2017 there has also been an increase in ethnic violence in the north-eastern Ituri province which has left hundreds dead and displaced over 300,000, with many fleeing into neighbouring Uganda. Members of the Hema and Lendu ethnic groups have been clashing over land rights, sparking fears of another major conflict in the region. Between 1999-2003 more than 50,000 people were estimated to have been killed in the conflict. Elsewhere, clashes between the Kamuina Nsapu militia and the security forces within the area of Tshimbulu in central DRC left between 30 and 50 people dead in early 2017.

The March 23 Movement (M23), another rebel military group, formed in April 2012 after approximately 300 soldiers mutinied against the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC). The M23 were involved in a conflict with the FARDC and MONUSCO troops in the eastern region of North Kivu until a temporary ceasefire was reached in March 2013. Much of the fighting took place around the town of Goma, close to the border with Rwanda, and more than 200,000 people were displaced. In November 2013 the leader of the M23, Sultani Makenga, surrendered in the Mgahinga National Park in neighbouring Uganda.  Many of the former M23 rebels are currently housed at demob camps, including in Kamina in the south-east of the country.  In June 2016 several people died in clashes between government soldiers and former rebels at the Kamina camp, where there have also been reports of starvation and widespread disease.

A mixture of high unemployment and easy access to weapons have contributed to the high levels of crime in the DRC. Foreigners have been targeted by armed criminals, especially in central Kinshasa, and robberies are reported to be increasingly aggressive. The risk is elevated significantly after dark; as a consequence, visitors should refrain from walking around at night. There have also been reports of increasingly violent attacks on foreign nationals in Goma in the restive province of North Kivu. There is also a high threat of kidnapping in DRC, particularly in North and South Kivu. In March 2018 eighteen staff members from a gorilla sanctuary were abducted by suspected Mai-Mai militants in the Kahuzi-Biega national park. The Virunga National Park also took the decision to close until 2019 after two British tourists were kidnapped in May 2018.

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The head of the United Nations body mandated to defend freedom of expression and press freedom called today for an investigation into the killing of a journalist in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on 16 April.

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Journalist shot dead in eastern Congo

A journalist for state media in the Democratic Republic of Congo was shot dead Friday in Goma in the vast country's restive east, officials said.

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Journalist killed in eastern Congo ambush

Colleagues say a journalist covering military operations in eastern Congo has been killed in an ambush.

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FARDC kill rebel leader in North Kivu

The leader of a Hutu rebel group has been killed by the Congolese army (FARDC) in North Kivu province. Musabimana Juvenal, alias general Jean-Michel Africa, was killed along with four of his bodyguards in Rutshuru on Saturday. Juvenal led the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), which was formed after the genocide in neighbouring Rwanda in 1994. Another FDLR commander, Sylvestre Mudacumura, was killed by the army in September.

FARDC kill 25 militants in North Kivu operation

The Congolese army (FARDC) has killed at least 25 militants since it launched its operation in the east of the country in late October. Seven soldiers have also died in clashes with the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) around the city of Beni in North Kivu. On Friday military operations spokesman Mack Hazukayi said several ADF strongholds have been recaptured by the army, including Kadowu, Vemba, Kididiwe and Malolu.

Former rebel leader jailed for 30 years by ICC

Former rebel leader Bosco Ntaganda has been sentenced to 30 years in prison by the International Criminal Court (ICC). Ntaganda - alias 'Terminator' - was convicted on 18 counts including murder, rape and using child soldiers. Born in Rwanda, he led the M23 rebel group in the north-eastern Ituri province between 2002-3 and again in 2012. The Congolese army defeated his forces in 2013 and Ntaganda surrendered at the US embassy in Rwanda.

Ten civilians killed in Beni attack

At least 10 civilians have been killed in an attack in the eastern city of Beni in North Kivu. The Allied Democratic Force (ADF) rebel group is suspected of carrying out the attack, which took place in the Kokola area on Tuesday evening. The incident comes less that a week after the Congolese army (FARDC) launched a major operation against the ADF and other rebel groups in North and South Kivu.

Ebola campaigner killed in Ituri

A local radio host who warned people about the spread of Ebola has been stabbed to death in Ituri province. Papy Mumbere Mahamba was targeted at his home in the town of Lwemba late on Saturday. His wife was also wounded in the incident, during which the assailants set fire to the victim's home. The Observatory for Press Freedom in Africa (OLPA) called on the local authorities to conduct a "serious investigation" into the killing.

FARDC launches offensive against militia groups

The Congolese army (FARDC) has launched an offensive against militia groups in the east of the country. General Richard Kasonga said troops had shelled rebel positions in North Kivu, while ground troops have clashed with insurgents. The Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) is among the groups accused of carrying out deadly attacks across North and South Kivu. The violence has also hindered efforts to respond to the Ebola outbreak in the region.

Bus crash leaves 31 dead in south-west

At least 31 people have been killed and 16 others wounded in a bus crash near the south-western city of Mbanza-Ngungu. The administrator of Mbanza-Ngungu, Didier Nsimba, said early indications suggest that the brakes on the vehicle had failed. The bus was travelling from Lufo to Kinshasa on Sunday morning. "The President of the Republic, who was invited to attend the enthronement of the Emperor of Japan, has decided to cancel this trip as a result of this accident," said presidential spokesman Vital Kamerhe.

Four killed in North Kivu attack

Four people have been killed in an attack carried out by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) in North Kivu. Several others are missing following the raid in the Mukoko locality on Monday. Local officials said the assailants disappeared into the bush with the hostages before the army arrived on the scene. Last week President Felix Tshisekedi visited the town of Beni and vowed to "wipe them out [ADF] once and for all."

Five killed after police clash with militia, Lubumbashi

At least five people have been killed during clashes between police and suspected members of the Bakata Katanga militia in Lubumbashi. The fighting took place in the Kipanta and Luwowoshi districts on Friday. Several people were wounded during the exchange and were transported to Rwashi military hospital. The leader of the militia, Kyungu Mutanga Gideon, had denied that his fighters were involved.

Cargo plane missing goes missing in DRC

A cargo plane has gone missing an hour after taking off from the eastern city of Goma. The Antonov plane was heading to the capital, Kinshasa, when it went missing, according to the Civil Aviation Authority (AAC). The plane was transporting "logistics for the president," according to the statement.

Three killed in two Beni attacks

At least three people have been killed in two attacks near the eastern town of Beni. Members of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) carried out the raids against military patrols on the Mbau-Kamango road on Wednesday. The incident comes a day after troops and the ADF clashed in Nyaleke, 10km east of Beni.

Ebola death toll passes 2,100

The Ebola outbreak has killed more than 2,100 people in eastern DR Congo. "Since the beginning of the epidemic, the cumulative number of cases is 3,197, including 3083 confirmed cases and 114 probable," said the Congolese Ministry of Health in a statement. The World Health Organization (WHO) said the latest cases were recorded in the Mandima and Mambasa regions. Despite a decrease in the number of cases, the ongoing insecurity in the region combined with poor infrastructure has prevented response teams from reaching some communities.

Fourteen killed by mine collapse

At least 14 people have been killed after a gold mine collapsed in the eastern town of Kampene. Government minister Steve Mbikayi said three other people were seriously wounded in the accident at the illegal mine on Wednesday. Dozens of people, including women and children, were working at the site when the mine collapsed.

Six civilians shot dead in North Kivu

Six civilians have been killed in a shooting in the Beni region of North Kivu. Local residents said a gunman dressed in Congolese army uniform opened fire in Oicha on Monday. An angry mob then attacked a soldier who was accused of carrying out the earlier killings. The military prosecutor is investigating the incident.

Twelve killed in attack on refugee camp

At least 12 civilians have been killed in attacks on refugee camps in Ituri province. Three separate raids were carried out on Wednesday by gunmen from the Wago forest area of Djugu territory. The raids came hours after 14 people died in another attack in the province.

Fourteen killed in militia attack, Ituri

At least 14 people have been killed in a militia attack in the north-eastern Ituri province. "We counted 14 civilian bodies and the four wounded were taken to hospital," said Desire Malo, a local society leader, told AFP. An FARDC spokesman said the army was pursuing the militants in Djugu territory.

Dozens killed after boat sinks on the River Congo

At least 34 people are feared dead after a boat sank on the River Congo in Mai Ndombe province. A further 76 people were rescued from the flat-bottomed boat, which was travelling to the capital Kinshasa. Boat accidents are common in DRC; last September 27 people died after a ship sank on the Mongala River in Binga.

Former health minister mismanaged $4.3m

DR Congo's former health minister Oly Ilunga has been accused of mismanaging $4.3m allocated for Ebola response efforts. Dr Ilunga was arrested on Saturday, with police claiming that he was detained before he managed to escape the country. He has denied any wrongdoing and claimed that half of the money was spent after he resigned and left office in July.

Six killed in attack on IDP camp

Six people have been killed in an attack on a camp for internally displaced peoples (IDPs) in Ituri province. Seven others were wounded after gunmen raided the camp in the Luko area on Wednesday evening. Local witnesses said the assailants came from the Walendu Djatsi area and took advantage of poor security in the area.

Scores killed in train derailment near Mayibaridi, Tanganyika

At least 50 people have been killed after a train derailed in Mayibaridi, south-eastern DRC. Humanitarian Minister Steve Mbikayi confirmed that the accident happened in the early hours of Thursday morning near the town of Mayibaridi. Rail accidents are common in DRC mainly due to poor infrastructure and badly maintained trains. In March, at least 24 people were killed when a train crashed in Kananga.

South African consulate attacked in Lubumbashi, protest in Kinshasa

Protesters attacked the South African consulate in the second city of Lubumbashi on Thursday in reprisal for attacks against Africans in South Africa. Several stores owned by South African companies were also targeted by protesters before police intervened. On Friday a rally was organised in the capital, Kinshasa, with protesters marching from Gare Central towards the South African Embassy. There has been similar unrest in several other African countries, including Nigeria and Zimbabwe.

New case of Ebola reported in Walikale

A new case of Ebola has been confirmed in the militia-controlled territory of Walikale. The Health Ministry said the case was confirmed in the village of Pinga, 150km from the city of Goma. Another case has also been confirmed in South Kivu, suggesting that the disease is spreading from Butembo and Beni. Almost 2,000 people have been killed in the past year across eastern DR Congo.

Three killed after police open fire on protesters

At least three people have been killed after police opened fire on protesters in eastern DR Congo. "There was a demonstration in which three people have just died -- a young man of about 25 who was shot in the abdomen and died in the hospital, a Pygmy who was shot and died immediately, and another child who was shot and also died," Donat Kibwana, chief administrator for the Beni region, told the AFP. Police claimed that some of the protesters were carrying weapons, adding that two people were arrested for possession of a firearm. The rally was held in the town of Oicha to demand improved security in the region.

Three doctors arrested for killing WHO medic

Three Congolese doctors have been arrested over the killing of a World Health Organization (WHO) medic. Cameroonian doctor Richard Mouzoko was shot dead in April at a hospital in Butembo where he was treating Ebola patients. Senior military prosecutor Lt Col Jean-Baptiste Kumbu said the three suspects would be prosecuted for "terrorism" and "criminal conspiracy," while a fourth doctor is also wanted on the same charges.

Five civilians killed in North Kivu attack

At least five people have been killed and six others wounded in an attack in North Kivu. Suspected Mai-Mai rebels ambushed a convoy between Kibirizi and Rwindi on Wednesday. The incident comes a day after suspected Allied Democratic Force (ADF) killed two people and kidnapped more than 20 others near the Virunga National Park.

Two killed in eastern DRC attack

Two people have been killed and 24 others are missing following an attack on a town in eastern DR Congo. Suspected militia fighters launched an overnight raid on the town of Kisima, according to local sources. The assailants reportedly fled to the Virunga National Park following the attack.

WHO confirms fourth Ebola case in Goma, North Kivu

The World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed the fourth case of Ebola in the bordering city of Goma, North Kivu. A WHO spokeswoman told Reuters: "This time (...) the individual concerned spent time with his family and spent time very symptomatic within the community. So we did expect further cases and we are seeing further cases." Reports suggest that the individual died last week and was the wife of a local miner. Goma is located on the busy border with Rwanda, which was temporarily closed on Thursday after the second case of Ebola was confirmed. It is estimated that over 1,800 people have died since the disease re-emerged back in 2018. WHO declared an international health emergency last month after cases were also reported in Uganda.

Rwanda closes DRC border over Ebola fears

Rwanda has closed part of its border with DR Congo in an attempt to prevent the deadly Ebola disease from spreading into the country. Officials made the decision a day after a second fatality was confirmed in the eastern DRC city of Goma. "We are closely monitoring the situation at Goma, the border can be reopened anytime, when the situation improves," Gilbert Habayarimana, mayor of Rubavu district, told the BBC. More than 1,800 people have been killed in DRC since the outbreak was first reported last year.

Ebola case confirmed in Goma

A second case of Ebola has been confirmed in the city of Goma, close to the border with Rwanda. "All measures have been put in place so that the case is taken care of in Goma," said officials in a statement. Last week WHO director-general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Rwandan has been increasing its preparation in case the disease crosses the border. More than 1,600 people have been killed in the Ebola outbreak in eastern DRC since August 2018.

Four kidnapped from Canadian gold mine in Maniema

Four people have been kidnapped from a Canadian gold mining company Banro in Maniema province. Army spokesman Capt. Dieudonne Kasereka said a South Africa, a Zimbabwean and two Congolese were abducted by Mai Mai rebels on Friday. Kasereka said three people have been arrested on suspicion of assisting the kidnappers, adding that no ransom demands have been made.

Three soldiers killed in South Kivu ambush

Three Congolese soldiers have been killed in an ambush in South Kivu province. An FARDC patrol was targeted by suspected Mai Mai rebels in the Fizi area. Five other soldiers survived the attack, according to army spokesman Captain Dieudonne Kasereka.

Authorities ban political rallies in Kinshasa

The Congolese authorities have banned political rallies in the capital, Kinshasa. The ban has been imposed by the city's governor amid tensions between rival supporters of President Feliz Tshisekedi and his predecessor, Joseph Kabila. "He instructed the police to take all appropriate measures. Anyone who attempts to march or disturb the public order this week will find the police in their way," said Kinshasa police chief General Sylvano Kasongo.

Health minister quits over Ebola response

The DR Congo health minister has resigned in protest after he was stripped of responsibility for managing the outbreak of Ebola in the east of the country. Oly Ilunga Kalenga said: "As a result of your decision to place the response to the Ebola outbreak under your direct supervision ... I hereby submit my resignation as health minister." At the weekend, President Felix Tshisekedi, said the outbreak would now be handled by a multi-disciplinary team which will report directly to him.

Global health emergency declared over Ebola outbreak

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared a global health emergency over the outbreak of Ebola in DR Congo. "It is time for the world to take notice," WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a news conference in Geneva. The last time a public health emergency of international concern - or PHEIC - was issued was in 2014-2016 when the disease killed more than 11,000 people across West Africa.

Thirteen bodies recovered from river in Mambisa

Thirteen bodies have been recovered from a river in the Mambisa chiefdom in Djugu. They were reportedly killed during clashes sparked by the killing of Lendu traders in June. Activists estimate that more than 270 people were killed and 300,000 forced to flee violence between the ethnic Lendu and Hema groups.

Two Ebola workers killed in North Kivu

Two people working on an Ebola awareness campaign have been killed in North Kivu. The pair were killed at their home late last week, according to officials. Before the attack they had received multiple death threats over their work to stop the disease from spreading. On Monday the first case of Ebola was confirmed in the city of Goma, close to the border with Rwanda.

Ebola case confirmed in Ebola

Officials in DR Congo have confirmed a case of Ebola in the eastern city of Goma. The health ministry said a pastor had tested positive for the virus after arriving in the city on Sunday from Butembo. "Due to the speed with which the patient has been identified and isolated, as well as the identification of all passengers from Butembo, the risk of spreading to the rest of the city of Goma remains low," said the ministry in a statement.

Gunmen clash with troops in Ituri

At least 13 people have been killed during clashes between gunmen and the Congolese army (FARDC) in Ituri province. A FARDC patrol was ambushed in the village of Dhedja in Djugu on Tuesday, leading to a gunbattle. Lieutenant Jules Ngongo said the situation is now under control.

Five killed in Djugu attack

At least five people have been killed in an attack in the Djugu area of Ituri province. Members of a militia also torched houses during the raids last Friday near the town of Bule. Lieutenant Jules Ngongo said one of the deceased was a soldier, who died during an exchange of fire with the assailants.

Rebel leader 'Terminator' found guilty at ICC

The former rebel leader Bosco Ntaganda - aka 'Terminator' - has been found guilty of war crimes by the International Criminal Court (ICC). He was also found guilty of conscripting child soldiers and sexual slavery, which is classed as a crime against humanity. Ntaganda committed the crime while in charge of rebel forces in eastern DR Congo between 2002 and 2003. His lawyers are expected to appeal the verdict.

Security forces evict illegal miners from Glencore site

The Congolese security forces have started evicting illegal miners from a Glencore site. The move comes a week after 43 people were killed in a landslide at the Kamoto Copper Company (KCC). The evicted miners went to the local governor's office to protest in the city of Kolwezi.

Ebola case reported near South Sudan border

Another case of Ebola has been reported in north-eastern DR Congo. Authorities said the case was identified in the town of Ariwara in Ituri province, around 70km from the border with South Sudan. The victim had travelled from the city of Beni in North Kivu province.

Dozens killed in mine collapse, Lualaba

At least 36 people have been killed after a mine collapsed in the south-eastern Lualaba province. Provincial governor Richard Muyej said the accident, which occurred near the city of Kolwezi, was caused by "clandestine artisanal diggers." The mine is owned by the Kamoto Copper Company (KCC), a subsidiary of Swiss mining giant Glencore, and the company said around 2,000 illegal miners were sneaking on to its site daily.

Militia fighters killed in north-east DRC

At least 16 militia fighters have been killed in clashes in north-eastern DR Congo. "The soldiers of the armed forces of the DRC have chased attackers from several localities which they were occupying and sowing insecurity," said Lieutenant Jules Tshikudi, a provincial army spokesman. Earlier this month more than 160 people died during violence in the Djugu region of Ituri province, forcing thousands of people to flee.

Police fire tear gas at Kinshasa protesters

Congolese police have fired tear gas at protesters in the capital, Kinshasa. Critics of Jean-Pierre Bemba threw rocks at his convoy after he returned to the country from Brussels on Sunday. Bemba was heading to a rally to support opposition leader Martin Fayulu, who continues to claim that he won the election last December.

Three gunmen killed in foiled attack, Ituri

The Congolese armed forces (FARDC) has foiled an attempted attack in the north-eastern province of Ituri. Three gunmen were killed and one soldier wounded during the exchange, which took place in Bahema North in Djugu. Major Jerry Gbelo said weapons were recovered by troops following the incident.

Scores killed in Ituri clashes

At least 50 people have been killed in clashes in the eastern province of Ituri. "As of the day before yesterday, we had a figure of some 50 (dead), but it's true, we are aware that there are other cases," said governor Jean Bamanisa Saidi. The fighting between the Hema and Lendu ethnic groups has been ongoing in the area since last weekend, and local sources suggest the death toll could increase about 70.

IS claims Beni attack

The Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility for an attack in the eastern city of Beni in North Kivu. The group issued a statement in which they claimed to have killed or injured 25 people when they targeted the security forces. Modeste Bakwanamaha, deputy mayor of Beni, said the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) carried out the attack and killed 13 civilians.

Security forces clash with ADF in North Kivu

At least 23 people have been killed in clashes between the Congolese security forces (FARDC) and the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) near the eastern town of Beni. The fighting was sparked when rebels targeted troops near Ngite on Thursday morning. The RN4 has been closed as troops conduct clearing operations in the area. The fighting also forced hundreds of civilians to flee the area.

Scores killed after boat sinks on Lake Mai-Ndombe

At least 45 people have been killed and 200 others are missing after a boat sank on Lake Mai-Ndombe. Provincial governor Antoine Masamba said the vessel was carrying more than 400 people when the accident happened. The vessel sank 30km from the town of Inongo in western DR Congo on Saturday night. The ship's Captain has been arrested amid investigations into the accident.

Ten kidnapped by armed group in Beni

At least 10 people have been kidnapped by gunmen near the eastern town of Beni, North Kivu. The assailants raided the village of Chianichani on Thursday, while they also torched a local health centre. Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for the attack, according to the SITE Intelligence group.

President Tshisekedi names new PM

President Felix Tshisekedi has appointed Sylvestre Ilunga Ilunkamba as the country's new prime minister. The appointment comes four months after Tshisekedi was inaugurated at DR Congo's next head of state. Presidential spokesman Kasongo Mwema Yamba Yamba said Ilunkamba was chosen as part of a political agreement between the president and his predecessor, Joseph Kabila.

Thousands flee clashes in eastern DRC

Thousands of people have fled fighting in eastern DR Congo over the last week. Deputy mayor Charles Sadiki said 25,000 people had travelled to the rural commune of Minwembe following fighting between the army and militia groups in South Kivu province. "They are fleeing the fighting. Their homes have been burnt and pillaged. They have spent the night out of doors. They have no shelter. They have no food. No assistance," he said. Meanwhile, five civilians and a soldier were killed in a raid by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) in neighbouring North Kivu late on Friday.

Student shot dead at DRC protest

A student has been shot dead at a protest in eastern DR Congo. Local residents had gathered in Kiwanja to complain about insecurity and attacks on civilians when the police opened fire. Local reports said the officer who fired the fatal shots has been identified, although it is not yet clear if he will face any charges.

Security forces repel attack on Ebola treatment centre

The Congolese security forces have repelled an attack on an Ebola treatment centre near Butembo in North Kivu province. One assailant and two patients died during the incident, which took place late on Sunday. Sylvain Kanyamanda, the mayor of Butembo, said Mai-Mai militants were responsible for the attack, the latest of several to target facilities treating Ebola.

Eight killed in eastern DRC

At least eight people have been killed after militia fighters attacked the city of Butembo in the eastern North Kivu province. Butembo Mayor Sylvain Kanyamanda said seven Mai-Mai fighters and a police captain died during the incident. “Before this attack on Wednesday, leaflets of Mai-Mai militia were circulating to tell the teams of foreign doctors to leave the region as soon as possible before the worst happens,” Kantamanda told the AP.

Ebola deaths expected to surpass 1,000

Deaths caused by Ebola are expected to surpass 1,000 since the new outbreak hit the DRC. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the number of cases continues to increase amidst increasing violence in the country. Incidents often affect health centres and hospitals. Last month, a Cameroonian doctor was killed when gunmen targeted a university hospital in Butembo, near the Virunga National Park. The latest Ebola outbreak started in August last year. 

More Ebola cases confirmed in eastern DRC

On Monday 27 new cases of Ebola were confirmed in eastern DR Congo, the record for a single day. There might be double this many cases in reality that we're just not aware of," said Tariq Riebl, emergency response director for the Ebola response crisis with the International Rescue Committee. Attacks on treatment centres and poor local infrastructure are hindering attempts to control the disease in the region.

Landslides kill 13 in eastern DRC

At least 13 people have been killed in landslides in eastern DR Congo in recent days. Torrential rain has hit North Kivu since the end of last week, causing landslides in the Mahanga and Masisi areas. Houses, schools and six bridges have also been damaged, according to local NGO workers.

Ebola centre attacked in Katwa district

Gunmen have attacked another Ebola treatment centre in the Katwa district of North Kivu province. Attackers armed with machetes tried to torch the facility during the raid, which took place on Saturday. A day earlier Dr Richard Valery Mouzoko Kiboung, an epidemiologist from Cameroon, died when gunmen raided Butembo University Hospital. They accused him of perpetuating false rumours about Ebola.

Scores missing after boat capsize on Lake Kivu

At least 150 people were reported missing after a vessel capsized on the Lake Kivu in eastern DRC. President Felix Tshisekedi said that emergency services were deployed to the area to search for survivals. Radio Okapi revealed that the vessel capsized on Monday morning while heading from Kituku to Goma. Initially, three bodies were recovered and over 30 survivors were rescued. Authorities reportedly reinforced surveillance along the Lake Kivu. It is believed that most passengers were local tradespeople. Boat accidents are common in the DRC. They mostly occur due to overloaded vessels and poor safety conditions.

Military kills dozens of Burundian rebels in South Kivu

At least 36 suspected Burundian rebels have been killed in violent clashes in eastern DRC. Military sources revealed on Friday that members of the National Liberation Forces (FNL) and Burundian Republican Forces were targeted in a series of operations across South Kivu. According to Reuters, the reports could not be independently confirmed. The FLN is an ethnic Hutu rebel group that widely operate across eastern Congo. Additional to the FLN, several other rebel groups often launch attacks against security forces in South and North Kivu.

Supporters of rival politicians clash in DRC

Eleven people were wounded in clashes between supporters of rival politicians in Lubumbashi. People loyal to President Felix Tshisekedi fought with supporters of his predecessor, Joseph Kabila. The incident occurred during campaigns for the governorship of Haut-Katanga province.

Ebola cases increase in eastern DRC

Local aid workers have reported an increasing number of Ebola cases in eastern DR Congo. Last week 72 cases were reported, up from 57 over the previous week and bringing the total to over 1,100. “The challenges facing efforts to stamp out the disease are enormous. Progress was being made, but this spike in cases shows any gains could be unravelling. With the wrong approach, fear and suspicion could still overwhelm the fight against the disease," said Heather Kerr, Save the Children's Country Director.

Ebola outbreak reported in Bunia

An outbreak of Ebola has been confirmed in the city of Bunia in eastern DR Congo. The country's health ministry confirmed the case in the city of almost one million people on Wednesday. More than 600 people have been killed and 370 others infected since the outbreak was reported last August.

Two Chinese nationals killed in DRC mine attack

Two Chinese nationals and a Congolese worker have been killed in an attack on a mine in eastern DR Congo. The Chinese embassy confirmed the deadly raid on the mine in Manbasa in Ituri province. An investigation is underway to track down the assailants and the motivation for the attack. The remaining Chinese staff were evacuated from the site.

Police officer killed in Kinshasa protest

A police officer was killed during protests in the capital, Kinshasa, on Saturday. Clashes erupted in the city after supporters of Felix Tshisekedi's Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS) party took to the streets in anger at their defeat in the senatorial elections. Former Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila’s Common Front for Congo (FCC) won a clear 84 of the 100 seats in the vote, which could undermine his successor's ability to rule. The FCC already controls the National and Provincial Assemblies.

Train crash kills 24 near Kananga

At least 24 people have been killed, many of them children, in a train crash near Kananga. A further 31 people were injured after a freight train derailed in the Bena Leka settlement on Sunday. "Most of the passengers are stowaways because it is a freight train. We have suspended the search because night has just fallen in the area," a railway police officer told the AFP. Rail accidents are common in DRC - last month five people were killed in an accident at Kalenda station.

President Tshisekedi pardons political prisoners

DR Congo's president, Felix Tshisekedi, has pardoned 700 political prisoners. Among those set for release are Firmin Yangambi, who was jailed in 2009 for being a threat to national security, and opposition figure Franck Diongo. The president vowed to issue the pardon during his first 100 days in office after winning highly disputed elections.

Plague outbreak reported on Uganda-DRC border

An outbreak of pneumonic plague has been reported near Uganda's border with DR Congo. The World Health Organization (WHO) said at least two deaths are believed to have been caused by the outbreak in the Zombo district. One of the victims, a 35-year-old woman, lived in the Ituri province of DR Congo and recently travelled across the border. Pneumonic plague is caused by the Yersinia pestis bacteria, usually found in small mammals and human can be infected by flea bites.

Park ranger killed in Virunga

A ranger has been shot dead in the Virunga national park in eastern DR Congo. Freddy Mahamba Muliro was killed in the central sector of the park on Friday morning, said officials in a statement. The incident comes just weeks after the site, home to mountain gorillas and other rare species, was reopened to tourists. Last May suspected Mai-Mai fighters killed a ranger and a driver before kidnapping two British tourists, prompting the park to close.

Mai-Mai gunmen attack Ebola centre

Mai-Mai gunmen have attacked an Ebola treatment centre in North Kivu. A police officer was killed in the raid, which took place in Butembo on Saturday. The facility, which is operated by Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF), was also targeted in an arson attack last week, forcing the charity to suspend operations.

President Tshisekedi agrees power-sharing deal with Kabila

President Felix Tshisekedi has agreed to a power-sharing deal with his predecessor Joseph Kabila. The agreement, which was reached after three days of talks, will “strengthen the climate of peace and stability of the country and facilitate the rapid establishment of a government,” both sides said in a statement. The new president has been unable to push through his choice of prime minister in parliament, which is controlled by Kabila's FCC coalition. The runner-up in DR Congo's elections, Martin Fayulu, said he will not be taking his seat in parliament as he claims that he is the elected president.

Three killed in attack on army camp, Butembo

Three people have been killed by suspected Mai-Mai militia fighters on a military camp in Butembo. The army (FARDC) said two suspects were detained following the raid on Tuesday. Separately more than 80 Mai-Mai fighters from the Ngubito group surrendered to the FARDC in Kalehe in South Kivu.

Six killed in Goma shootings

At least six people have been killed in a shooting in the eastern city of Goma in North Kivu province. "We have just recovered the bodies of five civilians and a soldier who were killed," the city's deputy prosecutor Claver Kahasa told AFP. City mayor Timothee Muissa Kiense blamed armed bandits for the attack, which took place in the Ndosho neighbourhood.

Tshisekedi vows to free political prisoners

President Felix Tshisekedi has vowed to release all political prisoners over the next 10 days. "To cement the democratic advances achieved in our country, I have made reducing tensions a major goal," he said. "I will order the justice minister to take all necessary measures within the law towards a conditional release of all individuals detained for opinion offences - notably during the protests held before the elections." Tshisekedi took office in January following disputed elections.



Militiamen killed in clash with FARDC

At least 19 Kamuina Nsapu militiamen have been killed in clashes with the DR Congo security forces (FARDC). The fighting took place in the town of Kamako on Sunday, according to the army. The violence was sparked when the militia went to a market to extort money and food from local traders. Several members of the militia have handed over their weapons since Felix Tshisekedi was elected president.

Gunmen torch Ebola treatment centre

Gunmen have set fire to an Ebola treatment centre in the eastern province of North Kivu. The facility, run by the Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF) charity, was targeted in the Katwa district on Sunday night. “As a result of the burning of the building, it is no longer possible to care for patients there,” MSF said on Monday. No injuries were reported but staff and patients had to be evacuated.

Virunga National Park reopens eight months after security incident

The Virunga National Park has reopened nearly eight months after a tourist group was targeted. Virunga's Director Emmanuel Demerode told Reuters that: “We have taken enough time to be sure of improvement of security for visitors". The park was officially reopened on 15 February. The park was closed back in late-2018 after gunmen targeted two British nationals and their Congolese driver - both tourists were released but the driver was shot dead. Security concerns were already high after dozens of park rangers were killed. Virunga National Park is located in the restive region of North Kivu, close to the Ugandan border.

Eight dead in Goma shootings

At least eight people have been killed in a series of shootings in the eastern city of Goma, North Kivu. Timothee Muissa Kiense, the town's mayor, said five people died and several others were wounded in the Mugunga district, one at a petrol station in Katoy and two others near Buhene. "There is much tension here in Mugunga. The population is angry at the authorities' lethargy," Butatunda said. The identity of the gunmen has not yet been established. Meanwhile, the Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF) charity said it was pulling out of projects in eastern DR Congo following the kidnapping of two staff members earlier this month.

Thirteen killed in DRC prison break

At least 13 people have been killed in a prison break in the central Kasai region of DR Congo. "Nine prisoners died when security forces tried to recapture them," prison head Masaka Nansaka. Two police officers and two former militia fighters also died in the violence, which was sparked by the death of a former militia fighter at the jail in Tshikapa. Police said 60 people managed to escape and 16 have been recaptured.

Rebels kill 22 in Beni clashes

At least 22 people have been killed in clashes between rebels and troops near the eastern town of Beni. Army spokesman Mak Hazukay said 20 Mai Mai fighters and two soldiers died during the latest fighting. Meanwhile, residents from the nearby Ruwenzori commune are gradually returning to their homes, more than six months after they were forced to flee due to repeated attacks by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF).

Two soldiers killed in Ebola outbreak

Two soldiers have died and three others are under observation as a result of the deadly Ebola outbreak in the east of the country. "All measures have been taken to stop the troops from being contaminated," said Major Mak Hazukay in a statement. The number of probable cases has now reached 752, with 465 confirmed deaths.

Hundreds of militia fighters hand over their weapons, Kasai

Hundreds of militiamen have handed over the weapons in the central Kasai province. "The militias will be able to return to their village after they have been identified and the weapons they surrendered are recorded," said Denis Kambayi, the governor of Kasai. As many as 1,700 members of the Nsapu could take part in the programme, according to local officials. Around 1.4m people were displaced by fighting in the Kasai region since August 2016, which was sparked by the killing of the group's leader Kamwina Nsapu by the security forces.

Four killed in clashes at Lubumbashi university

Three students and a police officer have been killed in clashes at Lubumbashi university. The incident occurred during a protest over water and electricity outages, which have been ongoing for three days after heavy rain caused damage to local infrastructure. “I just lost a police officer hit by an anti-riot vehicle,” said General Paulin Kyungu, head of the police in Upper Katanga. “I also learn that a student died from gunshot wounds." Two other students were confirmed dead on Monday morning.

Tshisekedi sworn in as DRC president

Felix Tshisekedi has been sworn in as the new president of DR Congo. "We want to build a strong Congo in its cultural diversity. We will promote its development in peace and security. A Congo for each and everyone, where everybody has his or her own place," said the new president in a speech in front of his supporters. His victory in December's election was hit by allegations of fraud, with rival opposition candidate Martin Fayulu claiming victory.

New Ebola cases reported in eastern DRC

Officials in DR Congo have confirmed 14 new cases of Ebola in the east of the country. It is the highest number of cases in a single day since the outbreak was declared last August. So far 439 people have been confirmed dead and 274 others infected in North Kivu and Ituri.

FARDC kills Mai-Mai chief in Ituri

A senior Mai-Mai militia chief has been killed by the Congolese army (FARDC) during an operation in Ituri province. “We attacked a Mai-Mai Simba position overnight, and neutralized seven militiamen, including their leader Manu,” army spokesperson Lieutenant Jules Tshikudi told the AFP. The operation was carried out in the town of Pembele in Mambasa territory.

AU calls for delay to election results

The African Union (AU) has called for the final results of DR Congo's presidential election results to be delayed. The AU said there are concerns over the credibility" of the result, which are due out on Friday. "There were serious doubts on the conformity of the provisional results, as proclaimed by the National Independent Electoral Commission, with the votes cast,"  the regional body said in a statement.

Clashes in western DRC left 890 dead

At least 890 people died in fighting in western DR Congo last month, according to the UN. "It is crucial that this shocking violence be promptly, thoroughly investigated and the perpetrators be brought to justice," said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet. Intercommunal clashes erupted between the Banunu and Batende groups on 13 December in the Yumbi territory.

SADC calls for unity government

The South African Development Community (SADC) has called for a unity government in the DR Congo. The regional bloc said Felix Tshisekedi, who was declared the winner of the vote, and Martin Fayulu, who claims he won, should work together and agree a negotiated settlement. "SADC has taken note of the strong doubts casts on the poll outcome by the Roman Catholic Church in the DRC which had deployed more than 40 000 monitors and other observers, and feels a recount would provide the necessary re-assurance to both winners and losers,” said Zambian President Edgar Lungu, who is also chairman of the SADC. Fayulu filed an appeal against the result in the Constitutional Court on Saturday, which if successful would lead to a manual recount.

Tshisekedi wins presidential election

Felix Tshisekedi has been declared the winner of DR Congo's presidential election. The electoral commission said Tshisekedi, head of the main opposition Union for Democracy and Social Progress party, defeated Martin Fayulu and the candidate of the ruling party, Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary. Fayulu has already rejected the result and tallies compiled by the Catholic Church suggested he won the vote. French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian also said Tshisekedi's victory was "not consistent". Protests should be expected in Kinshasa and other major cities.

Riot police deployed to electoral commission

Riot police have been deployed to the headquarters of the electoral commission in Kinshasa. Tensions are high in the country ahead of the release of the presidential election results, which could come later today. On Tuesday the commission said it had initiated "a series of evaluation meetings and deliberations, at the end of which it will proceed to the publication of provisional results from the presidential election". Meanwhile, opposition candidate Martin Fayulu said that "people already know the result" and warned the commission not to "disguise the truth."

Ten civilians killed in Beni attack

At least 10 civilians have been killed in an attack by rebels near the eastern town of Beni. Gunmen raided the village of Mavivi late on Monday night and opened fire on residents. Several of the victims were children under 10, according to local officials. It has not been confirmed which of the various rebel and insurgent groups operating in North Kivu carried out the attack.

Catholic Church claims to know election winner

The Catholic Church claims that there was a clear winner in the presidential election on Sunday. The Church did not reveal who won the vote but bishops called on the electoral commission to release the results. The commission has warned that the announcement could be delayed, with more than 80 percent of results still due to be submitted by local polling stations.

Internet shut down after presidential vote

The internet has been shut down following the presidential vote in DR Congo. Opposition candidate Martin Fayulu said the government was trying to prevent news of his "overwhelming victory." ISP Global and the Vodacom mobile network told customers that the government had ordered them to turn off the internet. The vote was plagued by multiple delays, failures of electronic voting machines and the suspension of the vote in three areas.

Protesters attack Ebola centre in Beni

Protesters have attacked an Ebola treatment centre in Beni after news emerged that elections would be delayed in the area. The electoral commission said the Ebola outbreak was the reason for the delay in Beni, while the vote has been suspended in Butembo and Yumbi. Police were deployed to the centre to disperse the protesters after staff and patients were forced to flee. 

Election postponed in three areas

The presidential elections in DR Congo have been postponed in three area due to insecurity and the outbreak of Ebola. The electoral commission said voting in Beni, Butembo and Yumbi would not take place until March. Opposition candidate Martin Fayulu had said any postponement would be an attempt to rig the vote.

Presidential elections delayed by a week

The presidential elections have been delayed by another week following a fire at an Electoral Commission warehouse. The vote, which has already been delayed by two years, in now due to take place on 30 December. There have been reports of pre-election violence and protests across the country as tension rises ahead of the election. Incumbent President Joseph Kabila cannot stand for an additional term, with Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary nominated as the ruling party's candidate.


FARDC clash with rebels in North Kivu

At least four people have been killed in clashes between FARDC troops and unknown rebels in North Kivu. The fighting erupted in Sake in the Masisi territory on Tuesday evening. Two soldiers died in a separate clash with the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) rebels near the Mikeno volcano, close to the border with Rwanda.

Scores wounded in clashes at political rally

One person has been killed and more than 80 others wounded in clashes between supporters of rival candidates ahead of DR Congo's presidential elections. The unrest occurred as opposition candidate Felix Tshisekedi and former education minister Maker Mwangu both arrived in Tshikapa to campaign. "A young local chief who was among Maker Mwangu's supporters was attacked with stones," a local journalist told the AFP. The incident sparked retaliatory attacks by Mwangu's supporters.

Opposition supporter shot dead at Mbuji-Mayi rally

A 17-year-old boy has been shot dead at an opposition rally in Mbuji-Mayi. Hundreds of people gathered at the event for candidate Felix Tshisekedi when police reportedly opened fire. "A young man of 17 who was singing with UDPS party activists was killed this morning by a policeman who fired at him," senior party official Denis Kalombo told AFP. Elections are due to take place next week.

Electoral depot gutted by fire in Kinshasa

An electoral commission depot has been gutted by a fire in the capital, Kinshasa. Electronic voting machines were destroyed in the blaze, which started on Thursday morning. The incident occurred a week before presidential elections are due to be held in the country.

Two killed at opposition rally

At least two people have been killed in clashes between opposition supporters and police at an election rally in Lubumbashi. The Congolese Association for Access to Justice (ACAJ) said more than 40 people were wounded in the violence on Tuesday. Opposition candidate Martin Fayulu was holding a rally in the city ahead of presidential elections later this month.

Nine killed in ADF attack, Beni

At least nine people have been killed in an attack by rebels in North Kivu. Suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) fighters carried out the raid in the town of Oicha late on Monday night. "They entered Oicha late at night, they pillaged and made off with farm animals. We lost nine people in the attack," said local administrator Donat Kibwana.

Seventeen killed in ADF attack near Beni

At least 17 people have been killed in a suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) attack near the city of Beni in North Kivu. Twelve people died in the Mangolikene area of the city, while five others were killed in Paida. “We are searching for ADF [fighters],” Captain Mak Hazukay said following the violence. The group has been responsible for dozens of attacks across eastern DR Congo in recent months, including a raid that left eight UN peacekeepers and 12 Congolese troops dead in Kididiwe in November.

Eight killed in Ituri fighting

Eight people have been killed in clashes between the Congolese army (FARDC) and gunmen in the Djugu area of Ituri. Local residents said heavy gunfire was reported towards Wago Hill between Wednesday and Thursday. Two civilians, two soldiers and four attackers were killed in the exchange.

Six killed after rebels launch attack near Lake Albert

Three soldiers and three civilians have been killed in an attack by rebels near Lake Albertin Ituri province. Gunmen targeted an army base in the Mahagi area on Friday, forcing local residents to flee. The latest attack comes just weeks before presidential elections are held in the country.

Three killed in Virunga National Park

A ranger and two civilians have been killed in a shooting in the Virunga National Park in eastern DR Congo. The incident occurred during a dispute over building permits in the village of Vitshumbi on Wednesday morning. The  Congolese Institute for Nature Conservation (ICCN) and local residents both offered different accounts over who was responsible for the shooting. The park remains closed to tourists until 2019 following a series of killings and kidnappings.

US Embassy closed over militant threat

The US Embassy in Kinshasa has closed over an active 'militant threat'. "The United States Embassy in Kinshasa has credible and specific information of a possible terrorist threat against U.S. Government facilities in Kinshasa.  The U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa will remain closed to the public on Thursday, November 29th," the embassy said in a statement. The nature of the threat has not been revealed by the US authorities.

Six civilians killed in Beni attack

At least six civilians have been killed in a rebel attack near the eastern town of Beni. Suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) gunmen carried out the attack in Oicha on Monday night. The following day several thousand people took to the streets to voice their anger at the ongoing insecurity in the area.

Ebola outbreak passes 400 cases

The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that there have been more than 400 cases of Ebola recorded in eastern DR Congo. In a statement the WHO said there have been 236 confirmed fatalities, adding that a new treatment trial was underway. "While our focus remains on bringing this outbreak to an end, the launch of the randomized control trial in DRC is an important step towards finally finding an Ebola treatment that will save lives," WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday.

Five killed at funeral in Kasai

Five mourners have been killed and 10 others wounded by a soldier in the central Kasai region. "People were gathered to mourn when the soldier arrived and opened fire on the crowd killing two people on the spot and injuring others," a police source said. The incident happened in the city of Tshikapa on Sunday, while the soldier has been arrested by military police.

Eight UN peacekeepers killed in DRC

Eight UN peacekeepers have been killed in clashes with rebels in eastern DR Congo. Seven Malawian soldiers died alongside a peacekeeper from Tanzania, according to MONUSCO. The troops were carrying out a joint operation with the Congolese army (FARDC) against the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) near Beni on Thursday. In a statement, the Malawi Defence Force said it "has lost courageous, hardworking and disciplined soldiers who were always ready to serve to ensure that peace prevails." Earlier a report issued in the US claimed that the ADF had received funding from a financier linked to the Islamic State (IS).

Student protesters killed in Kinshasa

A student has been killed by police during a protest in the Congolese capital, Kinshasa. The unrest was sparked by the killing of another student on Monday during a protest against an ongoing strike by teachers at Kinshasa University. A police spokesman said 12 officers were injured and buildings damaged during the clashes on Friday.

Opposition parties withdraw support to joint candidate

The leader of DR Congo's largest opposition party has withdrawn his support for the joint candidate announced on Monday. Felix Tshisekedi, head of the Union for Democracy and Social Progress, said: "I gather that the agreement reached in Geneva was not accepted by the grassroots and was rejected by them. As a result, I am withdrawing my signature from this agreement, which we signed yesterday." Another opposition leader, Vital Kamerhe, has also withdrawn his support for Martin Fayulu, who was picked as the opposition's joint candidate.

Opposition picks Martin Fayulu as presidential candidate

The opposition in DR Congo has selected Martin Fayulu as their candidate in the upcoming presidential elections. The decision was made during a meeting of opposition groups in the Swiss city of Geneva, with the other contenders Felix Tshisekedi and Vital Kamerhe agreeing to support Fayulu. The opposition decided that unifying behind a single candidate will give them the best chance of defeating the ruling coalition candidate, Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, when the polls open on 23 December.

Ebola outbreak worst in DRC history

The Ebola outbreak in DR Congo is the worst in the country's history, according to the health ministry. Nearly 200 people have died, while there have been more than 300 confirmed or probable cases since August. Health Minister Oly Ilunga said an estimated 25,000 people have been inoculated as part of a vaccination programme, which has been disrupted by fighting in the city of Beni, where more than half of the cases have been recorded.

Seven killed in Masisi clashes

Six rebel fighters and a Congolese soldier have been killed in clashes in the Masisi area of North Kivu. Fighters from the Nyatura group - linked to the Rwandan FDLR rebel group - exchanged fire with the army (FARDC) in the Bashali chiefdom. In a statement, the army said Nyatura and the FDLR had carried multiple attacks in the Masisi territory since September.

Seven killed in ADF attack in North Kivu

At least seven people have been killed and 15 others are missing following an attack by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) in North Kivu. The incident occurred a day after gunmen killed five people in Sake in Masisi territory. Local residents said the army was failing to protect civilians in the area; however, army spokesman Captain Mak Hazukay said troops were working hard to stop rebel incursions. 

Prisoners freed after gunmen attacked court in North Kivu

Suspected Mai-Mai gunmen have attacked a military court in Beni, North Kivu. More than 30 prisoners managed to escape, including Mai-Mai fighters and rebels from the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF). Captain Mak Hazukay said the gunmen carried out simultaneous attacks on Friday evening in the Bungulu area.

Opposition protest against voting machines

Opposition supporters took to the streets across several cities on Friday to protest against voting machines. Rallies were held in Goma, Butembo, Bukavu and Kinshasa to demonstrate against the machines, which are set to be used during December's elections. Police were deployed across the capital but no clashes have been reported.

Five killed in North Kivu clashes

At least five people have been killed in clashes between the Congolese army (FARDC) and suspected Mai-Mai rebels in North Kivu. The fighting erupted in the village of Buhene near Goma on Tuesday night. General Ilunga Edmond warned residents to hand in weapons and to not protect rebels. "Those who were shooting were among you when you barricaded the road with stones. So you know them. That they lay down these weapons to the police or the army. Otherwise, they know what their fate will be," said Edmond.

Gunmen open fire on coalition spokesman's house

Gunmen have opened fire on the house of the ruling coalition spokesman in DR Congo's capital, Kinshasa. "At around one in the morning, my residence came under heavy fire from unidentified men travelling in a Toyota IST," said Andre-Alain Atundu. "Nobody was hurt but there was heavy damage. The roof was damaged and my two cars were riddled with bullets." The incident comes two months ahead of presidential elections in the country.

Twelve killed in ADF attack, Beni

At least 12 people have been killed in a suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) attack in Beni in North Kivu. Heavy gunfire was reported in the Boikene district of the city on Saturday night. The group also kidnapped a dozen children during the raids. The ADF has carried out multiple raids on Beni in recent weeks, which is also experiencing an outbreak of Ebola. Last month medical staff were forced to abandon Ebola prevention work due to the ADF attacks.

Five journalists detained by police

Five Congolese journalists have been detained by police in the capital, Kinshasa. Octave Mukendi, Bruce Landu, Roddy Bosakwa and Dan Luyila were taken to an unknown location, according to the editor of AfricaNews where the journalists all worked. They had recently published an investigation into the misappropriation of police rations. Meanwhile, a journalist from the weekly La Percee has been in custody for 10 days accused of defamation.

Ebola death toll hits 125 in eastern DRC

At least 125 people have been confirmed dead in an outbreak of Ebola in eastern DR Congo since the start of August. Health Minister Dr Oly Ilunga said the second wave of cases has been identified in Beni in North Kivu. "We don't yet know the scale of it," he added. "The epicentre, which was in Mangina is now in Beni." A staff member from the UN mission MONUSCO is among the latest casualties.

Two killed in ADF attack, Beni

Two people have been killed and several others wounded in an ambush near Beni in North Kivu. The Ugandan rebel group Allied Defence Forces (ADF) are suspected of carrying out the attack on Tuesday morning. The Congolese army (FARDC) pursued the assailants, leading to a gunbattle.

Civilians killed in machete attack, North Kivu

At least 14 civilians have been killed and nine others wounded by assailants armed with machetes in North Kivu province. The attack took place near the village of Rubaya, 60km from the provincial capital Goma. Local officials claimed the Mai-Mai Nyatura militia carried out the raid.

Scores killed in tanker explosion

At least 50 people have been killed and over 100 wounded after an oil tanker exploded in western DR Congo. The accident occurred near the city of Kisantu on Saturday when a tanker collided with a car. Nearby houses caught fire following the explosion, according to the Okapi radio station.

Health workers attacked in Butembo

Four health workers dealing with the outbreak of Ebola have been attacked in the eastern city of Butembo. Staff members from the Red Cross were targeted as they were transporting dead bodies for burial. The assailants threw rocks at the workers' car on Wednesday. More than 100 of people have been killed in the latest outbreak of the disease in North Kivu, with the majority of cases reported in Beni, Butembo and most recently in Tchoima.

Two killed in Beni clashes

At least two people have been killed in clashes between the Congolese army (FARDC) and suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels near Beni in North Kivu. The fighting erupted in the village of Mukoko on Friday night, forcing residents to flee. The incident follows another ADF attack last weekend in Beni that left 18 people dead.

Hundreds demonstrate against MONUSCO in Beni

Hundreds of people have taken part in a protest against the UN Mission MONUSCO in the eastern city of Beni. The rally comes amid continuing violence across North Kivu, including an attack at the weekend that left 18 people dead. The demonstrators claimed that the peacekeeping force had failed in its mandate to provide security for the local population, along with the Congolese army - FARDC.

Six kidnapped in Lubero attack

Six people have been kidnapped by suspected Mai Mai rebels in the Lubero area of North Kivu. "This morning on the national road number 2 between Mathembe and Kaseke the Mayi-Mayi ambushed a bus, they took six people with them in the bush," said army spokesman Mak Hazukay. Earlier in the weekend rebels also attacked a military camp near Butembo, killing two people.

Rebels kill 18 in Beni attack

Gunmen have killed at least 18 people in an attack in Beni in North Kivu. Most of the victims of Saturday's raid were civilians, with residents claiming the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) were behind it. Ebola prevention activities in the area have been suspended following the attack, although treatment centres will remain open.

Ship sinks on Mongala River, 27 dead

At least 27 people have been killed after a ship sank on the Mongala River in Binga. Several other people are still missing following the accident on Tuesday. “Other bodies are still underwater. Rescue teams are trying to recover them,” provincial governor Alpha Belo-Ngwata told AFP. The vessel was reportedly overloaded and in a poor condition when it sank.

Five killed in Ituri clashes

Five people have been killed in clashes between the Congolese armed forces and armed rebels in Ituri. A FARDC spokesman said the confrontation occurred in Jiro on Tuesday. Both sides dispute who started the fighting, which forced hundreds of local residents to flee towards Masumbuko.

Four killed in Masisi landslide

Four people have been killed in a landslide near the town of Masisi in North Kivu province. The incident occurred in the Kibati area on Monday night following heavy rain. Landslides are common in the region - in May 2013 more than 100 people were buried in a landslide in Masisi.

Militia chief surrenders in Kasai region

A senior militia leader has surrendered to the Congolese security forces in the central Kasai region. Chief Ndaye Kalonga Nsabanga turned himself in along with hundreds of fighters on Saturday, according to Maniz Kabwanga Kabwanga, vice-president of the Kasai Central province. "We have realised that military and police operations cannot eradicate these armed groups because they blend into the population," Kabwanga said.

Burundi rebels killed by DRC troops

Suspected Burundian rebels have clashed with the DR Congo security forces along the two countries shared border. Officials in the DRC said members of the National Liberation Front (FLN) attacked troops at the Kavimvira border crossing on Friday night. "Two rebels were killed, "said Congolese army spokesman in South Kivu, Louis Tshimwang. The border crossing was briefly closed before reopening on Saturday.

Eight killed in traffic accident

At least eight people have been killed and 14 others wounded in a road traffic accident in Kalamb Kazeng, Lualaba province. According to reports, the victims were riding in a truck loaded with other goods when the accident occurred. The wounded were transported to Rown for treatment.

DRC claims Uganda killed four fishermen on Lake Edward

DR Congo has accused Ugandan troops of killing four fishermen on Lake Edward. "It was Ugandan soldiers who killed these Congolese fisherman," said Major Jean Tsongo. "They burned their canoes and the bodies arrived here tied up, burnt and with bullet holes." Uganda has denied any involvement in the killings. The incident is the latest diplomatic row between the two countries linked to attacks on the shared lake.


Ebola death reported in Butembo

A death from Ebola has been recorded in the eastern city of Butembo. Peter Salama, the World Health Organization’s head of emergency operations, confirmed the death on Wednesday. “Good news is case detected quickly, response already in place and expanding. Bad new(s) is it increases risk of further spread, and having Ebola in an urban center makes ending the outbreak much harder,” he said. At least 85 deaths have been recorded across eastern DR Congo, including 20 cases in Beni.

Opposition leader barred from election

DR Congo's opposition leader Jean-Pierre Bemba has been barred from running in the upcoming presidential elections. The verdict follows an earlier ruling by the electoral commission, which disqualified Bemba due to his conviction from the International Criminal Court (ICC) for bribing witnesses. He returned to the country last month and was expected to challenge for the presidency, with Joseph Kabila due to step down,

Two soldiers killed in Ladejo attack

Two Congolese soldiers have been killed in an attack by unknown gunmen in the village of Ladejo in Djugu territory. The FARDC troops were reportedly beheaded in the ambush on Sunday, after which their weapons were stolen. Lieutenant Patrick Volo said the army was pursuing the assailants.

Doctor contracts Ebola in eastern DRC

A doctor has contracted the deadly Ebola virus in eastern DR Congo. The World Health Organization (WHO) made the announcement in a statement on Friday. "It is the first time we have a confirmed case and contacts in an area of high insecurity. It is really the problem we were anticipating and at same time dreading," said WHO's deputy director-general, Dr Peter Salama. More than 100 cases have been confirmed in the North Kivu and Ituri provinces since the start of August.

Arrest warrant issued for opposition leader

DR Congo's government has issued an international arrest warrant for opposition leader Moise Katumbi. "He must be arrested where he is found," said Justice Minister Alexis Thambwe Mwamba. Katumbi, who is in self-imposed exile, attempted to enter DR Congo from Zambia earlier this month to register as a candidate for the upcoming presidential election.

Ebola death toll hits 41

The death toll from the Ebola outbreak in eastern DR Congo has reached 41, according to officials. The World Health Organisation (WHO) warned that the ongoing conflict in the region is hampering efforts to curb the spread of the disease. There have now been 57 confirmed cases in North Kivu's Beni region.

Six killed in rebel attack, Beni

Six civilians have been killed in an attack by suspected ADF rebels near Beni in north-eastern DR Congo. Gunmen raided the village of Mayimoya over the weekend, opening fire on residents and stealing goats. Fighting has been ongoing in the area between the ADF and the army - FARDC.

Ruling coalition nominates presidential candidate

The ruling coalition has nominated former interior minister Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary as its presidential candidate. A government spokesman made the announcement after confirming that President Joseph Kabila would not stand for re-election. His second term ended in 2016 but delays in holding the election raised concerns that the president was attempting to hold on to power indefinitely.

Rebels kidnap 15 in Beni raid

Suspected rebels have kidnapped 15 people during a raid on the eastern city of Beni. Mayor Nyonyi Bwanakawa said the assailants launched the attack on Thursday night, which led to clashes with the army. The Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) are suspected of carrying out the raid.

Fresh Ebola outbreak confirmed in DRC

A fresh outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus has been confirmed in eastern DR Congo. The health ministry said four people have been tested positive for the disease in North Kivu province. The report comes days after an outbreak in the north-west of the country, which killed at least 33 people, was declared over.

Crowds gather to welcome opposition leader Bemba

Large crowds have gathered in Kinshasa to welcome home Jean-Pierre Bemba, who was recently released from 11 years in exile and prison. Bemba, a former vice-president and rebel leader, had his conviction by the International Criminal Court (ICC) overturned in June. He is expected to stand in the long-delayed election in December.

Disruptions expected ahead of opposition leader's arrival in Kinshasa

Large crowds are expected to head to Kinshasa's N'Djili Airport as opposition leader Jean-Pierre Bemba is set to arrive in the capital. He is expected to arrive at FIH on Wednesday. Travel disruption is likely to impact Kinshasa during the whole day. Bemba was serving more than 10 years in prison after he was convicted for war crimes. The International Criminal Court (ICC) has recently overturned the rule.

Authorities declare end of Ebola outbreak in Equateur

The health ministry and the World Health Organization (WHO) have confirmed the end of the Ebola outbreak in the DRC. The outbreak started last April in the north-western province of Equateur. The outbreak was quickly contained after experimental vaccines were administered on more than 3,000 people. The outbreak was declared over after no new case was reported in the last 42 days. Among 54 cases confirmed, 33 people were killed. This is the ninth Ebola outbreak in the DRC in 10 years.

Civilians killed in suspect ADF ambush in Beni

At least two civilians have been killed in a suspected militant attack in Beni, eastern DRC. According to the security forces, the attack happened when rebels of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) ambushed soldiers in Masulukwede, located near the town of Mavivi. Local media reported on Monday that operations in the area were still ongoing. The ADF is one of the major rebel groups responsible for the escalation of violence in eastern DRC. 

Opposition leader Bemba to return to DRC to launch presidential bid

Opposition leader Jean-Pierre Bemba is set to return to the DRC to submit his presidential bid ahead of December's election. Bemba is a former warlord, who was detained for nearly 10 years over convictions linked to a violent campaign sponsored by former CAR President Ange-Felix Patasse. In May, the International Criminal Court (ICC) quashed his conviction. He is set to run ahead of his Movement for the Liberation of Congo (MLC), which holds strong influence in western DRC. President Joseph Kabila already announced his intentions to run for a third term in office.

President Kabila confirms election date to 23 December

President Joseph Kabila has confirmed that the presidential elections scheduled for December will go ahead. In a speech before Congress, President Kabila said that elections will be held on 23 December, nearly two years after the original date. It remains unclear if President Kabila will run for re-election. The UN raised concerns regarding the upcoming vote, especially linked to political violence during the campaign as the country is currently facing a severe humanitarian and security crisis.

Eleven killed in DRC boat accident

At least 11 people have died and 15 others are missing after an overloaded boat capsized on the Congo River. The accident occurred in Basoko territory in Tshopo province, with initial reports suggesting the boat was travelling without lights and hit a rock. Boat accidents are common in DR Congo; in May at least 50 people died in an accident on the Momboyo river.

Four killed in Lubumbashi attacks

Four people have been killed in two separate attacks in Lubumbashi, Haut-Katanga. Gunmen shot dead three people in Katuba Mbuji-Mayi in the early hours of Wednesday morning. A pastor was also killed in the Gbadolite neighbourhood, sparking a protest from local residents.

Twelve fishermen killed in Lake Edward clashes

Twelve fishermen have been killed and several more wounded during renewed clashes on Lake Edward. "The 12 bodies of our compatriots are still floating on Edward Lake," said Muhindo Kyakwa, a senior Congolese official of the province of North Kivu. "We can't retrieve them because Ugandan troops are opening fire on anything that moves." Last week security forces from DR Congo and Uganda exchanged fire on the lake, leaving at least seven people dead.

DRC-Uganda clash on Lake Edward

Troops from Uganda and DR Congo have clashed on Lake Edward, leaving at least seven people dead. Officials in North Kivu claim that the Ugandan security forces opened fire on a Congolese patrol boat on Friday morning, leading to an exchange of fire. "The Ugandan boat sank and four troops and three Ugandan civilians are dead," said Donat Kibwana, the administrator of the Beni region. "On the Congolese side, a soldier and a civilian have been injured." The two sides have been involved in a series of recent clashes on and around the lake.

Government allows oil exploration in wildlife parks

DR Congo's government has decided to allow oil exploration in two of the country's wildlife parks. Drilling will be permitted at the Virunga and Salonga parks, both Unesco world heritage sites, despite strong opposition from environmental activists. Virunga is currently closed for visitors after two British tourists were kidnapped and a dozen rangers killed in a series of incidents.

Kabila will not seek third term, PM

DR Congo's president, Joseph Kabila, will not seek a third term in office, according to the country's prime minister. “The elections are going to take place without the participation of President Kabila who will abide by the spirit and the letter of the constitution,”  said Bruno Tshibala. The PM said the long-delayed elections are still scheduled to take place in December, despite concerns over the ongoing conflicts in the eastern and central areas of the country.

Fresh Ebola case confirmed in DRC

A new case of Ebola has been confirmed in DR Congo. Health officials said the case was identified in the rural Iboko community on Wednesday, adding that the individual is linked to another patient who died from the disease last month. Despite the latest case World Health Organization (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Friday that he was "cautiously optimistic" that efforts to curb the spread of the disease were working.

Virunga National Park to be closed until 2019 due to security concerns

The Virunga National Park is set to be closed to tourists until the end of the year as park officials review security measures in the park. The park's director, Emmanuel de Merode, has said that: “The safety of our visitors will always be our highest priority (...) It is abundantly clear that the Virunga is deeply affected by insecurity and that this will be the case for some time. For Virunga to be safely visited, much more robust measures are necessary than in the past”. The measure comes after more than a dozen park rangers were recently killed and two British tourists abducted.

Health officials confirm five Ebola cases in Equateur

Health officials have announced on Saturday that five new Ebola cases have been confirmed in Equateur province, north-western DRC. According to reports, the cases were identified in the villages of Bikoro and Wangata. Bikoro is located along the Congo River, where the outbreak was first declared back in early-May. So far, more than 25 people have been killed. Last week, the government announced the launch of a vaccination campaign, which will employ the use of an experimental vaccine trialed several years ago in West Africa.

Twenty kidnapped in eastern DRC

At least 20 people have been kidnapped in recent days across eastern DR Congo. "They have been taken between last weekend and today in different locations,” Jason Ntawiha, an official in the town of Rutshuru, said on Wednesday. “The kidnappers are demanding ransoms to free their hostages. Families have begun to organise themselves." More than 100 armed groups are currently active across North and South Kivu.

Scores killed as boat sinks in Tshuapa

At least 50 people have been killed after a boat sank in the north-western province of Tshuapa. Vice-Governor Richard Mboyo told AFP that the accident happened on Wednesday evening along the Momboyo river in Monkoto. Reports suggest that the boat was travelling from Monkoto to Mbandaka. It is still unclear what caused the accident. Boat accidents in the DRC are common as sailors usually employ poorly maintained vessels.

Health ministry confirms 31 Ebola cases in DRC

DRC's health ministry has said on Thursday that 31 confirmed cases of Ebola have already been identified nationwide. Authorities said that emergency services are being stationed along the River Congo to monitor surrounding villages and arrivals in Kinshasa, especially at Ngolbila Beach, one of the main cross-border transit points from Brazzaville, Republic of Congo. An immunisation campaign is underway in the country as part of an attempt to curb the spread of the Ebola virus.

Scores killed in series of attacks across eastern DRC

At least 20 people have been killed in a series of attacks across north-eastern DRC. In the North Kivu city of Beni, at least 10 people were killed during violent armed clashes between the Army and militiamen of the Allied Democratic Force (ADF). According to the military, the attack happened along the road between Mbau and Kamango amid operation 'Sokola 1'. In another incident, four people were killed in a machete attack along the Makako road in Ituri province. Meanwhile, Reuters reported that five people were killed when Mai Mai militants raided the Namoya gold mine. 

Ebola patients escape DRC hospital

Two Ebola patients have escaped an isolation ward in the Congolese city of Mbandaka. The World Health Organization’s (WHO) representative in DR Congo, Yokouide Allarangar, said one of the patients was later found dead and the other died after being returned to the hospital on Tuesday. Medical officials are trying to stop the outbreak from becoming an epidemic, with the WHO claiming that the next few weeks will be critical in gauging the potential spread of the disease.

Taxi drivers strike in Kinshasa

Taxi and taxibus drivers began a two-day strike in Kinshasa on Monday, causing travel delays for the city's residents. The drivers took the action in protest at rising operational costs and the increased price of fuel. The president of the Association of Drivers of Congo (ACCO), Jean Mutombo, said discussions were underway with the local authorities to resolve the drivers' concerns.

ADF kill 11 in Beni attack

At least 11 people have been killed in an attack by suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels in the Beni area of eastern DR Congo. The assailants targeted the village of Mbau on Sunday night, setting fire to houses and killing residents before the army intervened. The ADF is one of more than a hundred rebel groups currently active in North Kivu and South Kivu.

Ebola immunisation campaign begins in DRC

An immunisation campaign is underway in DR Congo as part of an attempt to curb the spread of the Ebola virus. At least 25 people have been killed and 45 total cases have been recorded during the outbreak in the country. The experimental vaccine was trialled during the outbreak of the disease in West Africa in 2014-16.

Ebola spreads to Mbandaka city

The latest outbreak of Ebola has spread to the city of Mbandaka, 130km from where the previous cases have been confirmed. Health Minister Oly Illunga Kalenga said one case has been confirmed in the city, which has a population of around one million. The WHO said there was now a risk of an "explosive increase" in cases. Between 2014-16 more than 11,000 people died when the disease spread throughout West Africa.

UK hostages released in Virunga

Two UK nationals kidnapped in the Virunga National Park last week have been released. Bethan Davies and Robert Jesty were abducted along with a driver during an ambush on Friday. Park ranger Rachel Masika Baraka was killed during the attack, the eighth member of the Virunga team to have been killed this year.

More cases of Ebola reported in DRC

Eleven suspected cases of Ebola have been reported in DR Congo since the outbreak was confirmed earlier this week. Minister of Health Dr Oly Ilunga said two of the cases have been confirmed as the disease, while analysis is underway to confirm the other nine. Illunga said the epidemic "constitutes a public health emergency." Other countries in the region are on alert in an attempt to prevent the spread of the disease. Nigeria has installed screening at its border, while officials from the neighbouring Republic of Congo are discussing their response.

Two UK tourists kidnapped in Virunga

Two UK tourists have been kidnapped in the Virunga National Park in eastern DR Congo. According to local media, a female ranger was also killed during the attack. The UK Foreign Office said it is investigating the reports, which follow a series of attacks in the park over recent months. In April five park rangers and a driver were killed in an ambush between the Lulimba and Ishasha sectors.

Two cases of Ebola confirmed in Bikoro

Two cases of Ebola have been confirmed in the north-western town of Bikoro. There are 10 other suspected but currently unconfirmed cases in the town, according to local health officials. The outbreak is the first in DR Congo since last year, when four people were killed. More than 11,000 people died during the outbreak which started in 2014 in West Africa.

Four killed in Rutshuru ambush

At least four people have been killed in an ambush in the Rutshuru area of North Kivu. A convoy of vehicles, guarded by the armed forces, were attacked by gunmen in Busendo on Tuesday. Three of the assailants were also killed in an exchange of gunfire with troops.

Six killed in Mugunga attack

Six people have been killed and 22 others wounded in an attack in the Mugunga district of North Kivu. Gunmen dressed in fatigues opened fire in a shopping district known locally as "Kasoko Love" on Sunday evening. Bruno Mwitoere, member of the youth parliament of North Kivu, called on the government to do more to protect the public from armed groups.

Mass graves discovered in DRC

Five mass graves have been discovered in the Ituri province of eastern DR Congo. The victims are believed to have died during clashes between the Hema and Lendu communities. More than 260 people have been killed and dozens of villages destroyed in the region since December.

President Kabila sacks 256 judges

DR Congo's president, Joseph Kabila, has sacked or suspended 256 judges. Justice Minister Alexis Thambwe Mwamba said the president "sanctioned more than 200 individuals who do not fulfil the conditions to function as magistrates," with corruption allegations and lack of qualifications cited as the reasons behind the decision. Mwamba said new laws would be introduced to improve standards in the judiciary.

DRC boycotts aid conference

DR Congo is boycotting a UN donor conference in Geneva aimed at raising $1.7bn for humanitarian assistance in the country. The UN has declared that parts of the country are at its highest level of emergency due to conflict and disease; however, DRC's government said the claims are exaggerated. “Activating the highest level of humanitarian emergency based on facts that are not real constitutes a hindrance to development,” the government said in a statement last month.

Priest shot dead in eastern DRC

A Catholic priest has been shot dead by unknown gunmen in eastern DR Congo. Etienne Nsengiunva was eating dinner in Masisi when unknown assailants entered the room and opened fire.  Rev. Emmanuel Kapitula in Kitchanga has called on the government to protect the clergy following a series of attacks on priests and churches in the country.

Six rangers killed in Virunga ambush

Six rangers have been killed in an ambush at the Virunga National Park in eastern DR Congo. "We have sadly lost six rangers," park spokesman Joel Malembe told the AFP news agency. The incident occurred on Monday morning between the Lulimba and Ishasha sectors.

Three killed in clashes between FARDC and rebels

Three people have been killed in clashes between the DR Congo army and rebels from the FRPI group. The confrontation took place 60km south of Bunia in the Ituri province, during which two militiamen and a Congolese soldier died. Local residents fled the village of Kigo to escape the fighting.

Kidnappers demand $500k for priest

A group of kidnappers in the DR Congo are demanding a $500k ransom for a priest abducted in North Kivu. Father Celestin Ngango was taken by armed men from his parish in the city of Goma. An official from the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO) said the assailants have contacted the St Paul of Karambi with the ransom demand.

Ten killed in ADF attack, North Kivu

At least 10 people have been killed in an attack in the Beni area of North Kivu. The Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebel group are suspected of raiding the village of Buhili-Kasinga in the Rwenzori suburb late on Tuesday. Soldiers from the FARDC intercepted the group, leading to a gunfight which lasted for half an hour. Following the incident local residents have been protesting against the lack of security in the area.

Attorney general investigates dual nationality of opposition leader

DR Congo's attorney general has launched an investigation into reports that opposition leader Moise Katumbi held Italian nationality. If Katumbi is found to be a dual national he will be automatically excluded from running in the country's long-delayed presidential elections, currently scheduled for December. “We have just opened a judicial investigation into Moise Katumbi so that, at the appropriate time, he can respond for his acts,” Attorney General Flory Numbi told local media. The opposition has previously accused the government of fabricating charges against Katumbi to block his candidacy.

Anti-corruption chief jailed for life

DR Congo's former anti-corruption chief has been jailed for life by a military court. Abbas Kayonga was sacked last year and arrested by UN peacekeepers before being charged with murder and inciting rebellion. Earlier attempts by the Congolese security forces to arrest him sparked deadly clashes that left six people dead.

Dozens killed in fresh DRC violence

At least 41 people have been killed in the latest outbreak of violence to hit eastern DR Congo. Heavily armed men targeted villages in the Djugu area of Ituri between Monday night and Tuesday morning. The incident follows similar attacks blamed on ethnic rivalries in the region, with more than 100 killed since December and 200,000 forced to flee their homes.

Gorilla sanctuary staff kidnapped in eastern DRC

Eighteen staff members from a gorilla sanctuary have been kidnapped in eastern DR Congo. The attack took place in the Nzovu area of the Kahuzi-Biega National Park on Monday. The Mai-Mai Raia Mutomboki armed group are suspected of being behind the kidnapping. "The 18 are alive and talks for negotiating their release will start as soon as a team from the (park) arrives in Shabunda," said Kashombana Bin-Saleh, administrator of Shabunda territory.

Seven killed in North Kivu attack

At least seven people have been killed in a raid by suspected Ugandan rebels in the North Kivu province. Six people were shot dead and another was stabbed during the attack in the village of Eringeti on Sunday. The Ugandan Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) have been blamed for a series of deadly raids in eastern DR Congo.

Scores killed in fresh communal clashes in Ituri

At least 50 people have been killed in fresh communal clashes in Ituri, north-eastern DRC. Tensions erupted overnight on Thursday when presumed Lendu farmers attacked their Hema counterparts. Government officials revealed that the incursion happened in Maze, located in the Djugu territory. Dozens of people were already killed since the start of the year due to clashes between rival communities along the eastern DRC border.

Scores killed in violent ethnic disputes in Rustshuru, North Kivu

At least 23 people have been killed during violent clashes in North Kivu, eastern DRC. Officials told AFP that among the casualties are 16 civilians and seven rebels. Tensions erupted on Sunday when Mai-Mai militants raided villages in Rutshuru. Violence has significantly intensified in the region due to ongoing land disputes involving the Nande and Hunte ethnics against Congolese Hutus, who are accused of supporting Rwandan-based rebels.

Several killed as two boats capsize in Mai-Ndombe

More than a dozen people are feared drowned after two boats sank in the River Congo. DRC's Interior Minister Henri Mova said on Wednesday that 14 passengers are missing and more than 100 others were rescued when two overcrowded makeshift vessels sank in Mai-Ndombe province. Local sources revealed that weather conditions were far from ideal.

Scores killed in violent clashes in Kasai

At least 14 suspected assailants have been killed when security forces and a local militia clashed in Kasai, central DRC. Local sources revealed that tensions erupted on Monday when members of the military encountered militants of the Kamuina Nsapu. A soldier was also killed in the incident. Tensions remain high in the Kasai-Central region since the death of Ksapu, a former guerrilla leader killed back in 2016. It is believed that more than 3,000 people have already been killed since the conflict between the militant group and the armed forces erupted.

Botswana's government blames President Kabila for DRC's crisis

Botswana's government has openly accused President Joseph Kabila of being responsible for DRC's current humanitarian crisis which is widely affecting neighbouring countries. As President Kabila refuses to step down after his mandate expired back in 2016, protests have erupted nationwide to demand immediate elections. Botswana's criticism comes as Kabila continues to lose his support from other African nations, especially since South Africa's Jacob Zuma stood down.

Five killed as gunmen storm villages in South Kivu

Five people have reportedly been killed when gunmen stormed villages in South Kivu, eastern DRC. The attacks occurred simultaneously across the villages of Kabare and Walungu. In Walungu, a pastor and a doctor were held hostages while two health centres were raided. Tensions remain high along the eastern DRC border due to the operation of a number of rebel groups.

Police kill protester during anti-government march in Kinshasa

A protester has been killed when police officers opened fire at an anti-government march in Kinshasa. Demonstrators took to the streets of the capital to protest against the ruling of President Joseph Kabila. Protests became frequent last year after the opposition and the government agreed to hold elections in late-2017. This deadline was not met and the vote was postponed until December. However, most recently, officials revealed that the second deadline will probably also not be met due to lack of logistical and financial support.

Four militants killed in Goma, North Kivu

At least four militants have been killed and nine others injured when they attempted to raid two neighbourhoods in the bordering town of Goma, eastern DRC. According to security sources, a soldier was also killed while three others were injured. All militants were part of the Mai-Mai militia, which widely operates in the north-eastern regions of the country.

Political protests scheduled nationwide

The UK Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO) has informed that demonstrations are scheduled to take place nationwide on Sunday. The political protests are expected to be peaceful; however, travellers have been advised to remain vigilant as violence may escalate without warning. Disruptions to travel and mobile communications are also likely to occur. 

Rebels kill two abducted aid workers in Nyanzale, North Kivu

Nyatura rebels based in eastern DRC have reportedly killed two aid workers in Nyanzale, North Kivu. Local media revealed that both victims, members of the French-based Hydrolique Sans Frontiere (HYDRO), were found dead on Sunday. Authorities fear that two other workers may still be in custody. Reports revealed that both workers were killed when a gunfight broke out between the group and another Nyatura faction. 

WHO deploys agents over cholera death in Mongala

Members of the World Health Organisation (WHO) have been deployed in Mongala after an unknown individual died of cholera in the northern DRC province. Local media reported that a victim contracted the disease on a boat and was buried along the Congo River. DRC officials and WHO are trying to avoid a potential cholera outbreak across communities located near the river. 

Five killed in ADF ambush near Beni, North Kivu

Five civilians have been killed and several others injured during an armed ambush in North Kivu, eastern DRC. Local officials revealed that the attack happened on Saturday near Beni. The attack has been attributed to rebels who are part of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), which targeted a vehicle of an environmental institute heading to Epulu. 

Clashes break out between Congolese and Rwandan troops

A number of Congolese soldiers have reportedly been killed when cross-border clashes broke out along the eastern border with Rwanda.  According to the DRC military, Rwandan troops had entered Congolese territory and opened fire at a patrol unit. Military sources told Reuters that: “According to our information, there were deaths and injuries during the exchange of fire, which took place several hours before the two countries declared a ceasefire.” On the other side, Rwanda's military denied the accusation. Tensions have historically been high along the border with Rwanda due to poorly defined territorial demarcation.

Thousands flee to Uganda due to tensions in North Kivu and Ituri

Nearly 14,000 refugees have crossed the border from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) into Uganda due to ongoing conflicts in Ituri and North Kivu provinces. According to ECHO and the UNHCR, most of these refugees crossed Lake Albert to head towards Hoima settlements. Authorities predict that the crisis will intensify throughout the year as nearly 60,000 refugees are expected to reach Uganda. Uganda continues to face increasing pressure as more than 1,4m refugees are currently in the country - most of them from South Sudan and the DRC.

Five killed as truck crashes into presidential motorcade

At least five people have been killed after a truck crashed into the presidential motorcade in Kongo Central. The truck, which was transporting cement, hit an escort vehicle on the Matadi road. Three soldiers and two civilians were killed in the crash, while 11 others were wounded.

Dozens killed in Ituri province

At least 23 members of the Hema group have been killed in ethnic clashes in DR Congo's Ituri province. A further 10 fighters from the ethnic Lendu group also died in the violence, according to local officials. Police were deployed to the scene to restore order following days of unrest.

Catholic priest kidnapped by police

A Catholic priest has been kidnapped by police in DR Congo's capital, Kinshasa, according to witnesses. "Father Sebastien was taken away by police just after morning mass," a nun of the Saint-Robert parish told AFP. "They threw him in the jeep and drove off with him," The police have not commented on the reports.

Thousands flee DRC clashes, head to Burundi

Around 6,000 people have crossed the border into Burundi to escape ongoing violence in the South Kivu province of DR Congo. Many of the refugees have travelled by boat across Lake Tanganyika over the last few days. Earlier on Friday DR Congo President Joseph Kabila blamed "terrorists" for the fighting. UNICEF said more than 1.3 million people have been displaced in the region, including around 800,000 children.

Six killed in anti-government protests

At least six people have been killed in clashes between anti-government protesters and security forces in DR Congo. Police fired tear gas at crowds in the capital, Kinshasa, during the unrest on Sunday, which also left more than 50 people wounded. UN peacekeepers were deployed to observe the violence, while internet services were cut on Saturday as the authorities warned against "any attempt to disturb public order." Protests were also reported in Kisangani and Bukavu.

Three DRC troops killed in rebel clashes

Three soldiers have been killed in clashes with suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels in the eastern North Kivu province. "The ADF attacked our position in Muzambay at 04:00 [on Monday]," said army spokesperson Captain Mak Hazukay. "Our forces pushed them back after heavy fighting." Last month 14 UN peacekeepers were killed in the area in an attack blamed on the ADF.

Four soldiers killed in militant attack in Kananga, Kasai

Four soldiers have been killed in a suspected militia attack in Kasai, south-western DRC. The incident happened in the early hours of Sunday near the airport of Kananga, Kasai. Preliminary reports suggest that the incident was carried out by members loyal to the deceased militia leader Kamuina Ksapu. Tensions remain high in the Kasai-Central region since the death of Ksapu, a former guerrilla leader killed back in 2016. It is believed that more than 3,000 people were already killed since the conflict between the militant group and the armed forces erupted.

Armed robber targets anchored product tanker

A robber, armed with a knife, boarded an anchored product tanker via the anchor chain and started stealing the ships mooring ropes. Noticing the Chief Officer on the forecastle deck, the robber threatened him with the knife. As the Chief Officer retreated to the accommodation he raised the alarm. Seeing the alerted crew, the robber escaped with stolen ships stores. (IMB)

Armed forces clash with Mai-Mai militia

The DR Congo security forces (FARDC) have clashed with a Mai-Mai militia in the eastern North Kivu province. The confrontation occurred in the remote Kipese area, 15km from Lubero, on Wednesday. An army statement said fighters from the Mai-Mai coalition of the Union of Patriots for the Liberation of Congo (UPLC) were repelled following several hours of heavy fighting.

Death toll rises to 45 after flooding in DRC

At least 45 people have been killed and thousands displaced following flooding and mudslides in DR Congo. Several areas of the capital, Kinshasa, have been affected following days of heavy rains, the effects of which have been exacerbated by poor sewage systems in the densely populated city. “Over the next 24 hours, moderate to light rain may continue to affect the already affected areas of the country,” said a spokesperson of the European Commission’s Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations.

Flooding kills 24 in DR Congo

At least 24 people have been killed in flooding in DR Congo's capital, Kinshasa. Torrential rain sparked mudslides across the city, with the hillside shanty town of Ngaliema particularly badly hit. "It's a provisional toll," the provincial interior minister, Emmanuel Akweti, told AFP.

Three killed in Kananga clashes

Three people have been killed in clashes between police and suspected militiamen near Kananga airport. Scheduled flights to the airport in Kasai-Central have been suspended in response to the fighting. The incident follows reports on Sunday that militiamen had attacked a police sub-station in nearby Batuashama village.

Eight killed in anti-government protest

At least eight people have been killed during the latest anti-government protests to hit DR Congo. The UN said seven people had been shot dead in the capital, Kinshasa, while another died in the central city of Kananga. More than 100 people were also arrested at the rallies, which were organised by church activists. UN spokeswoman Florence Marchal condemned the "use of force against peaceful demonstrators" and the "violent suppression of fundamental rights and freedoms by security forces."

Uganda launches airstrikes on DRC rebels

Uganda has launched airstrikes on Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels in eastern DR Congo. On Monday the military said it had killed over 100 fighters in operations since last Friday. "Our FARDC counterparts have since confirmed that up to 100 ADF were killed and eight camps destroyed in Eringeti area where the strikes targeted," said spokesman Maj. Ronald Kakurungu.

UN peacekeepers killed in DRC attack

At least 14 UN peacekeepers have been killed and 53 others wounded in an attack in eastern DR Congo. The peacekeepers, who were deployed to a base near the town of Beni, are believed to have been attacked by members of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebel group. Deputy UN spokesman Farhan Haq said: “It’s a very huge attack, certainly the worst in recent memory,” while UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called the attack "a war crime."

Kabila accused of using militia to quash protests

DR Congo's president, Joseph Kabila, has been accused of employing former rebel fighters to quash protests against him in December 2016. Human Rights Watch (HRW) said more than 200 M23 fighters were recruited to deploy violence against protesters, who took to the streets when Kabila refused to step down at the end of his second term. At least 62 people were killed during the crackdown, including 36 in Kinshasa and 16 others in Lubumbashi. "To protect the president and quash protests, the M23 fighters were given explicit orders to use lethal force, including at point-blank range if necessary," states HRW in the report.

Police clash with opposition protesters in DR Congo

Police have fired tear gas at anti-government protesters in several cities across DR Congo. Officers clashed with supporters of opposition coalition head Felix Tshisekedi in the capital, Kinshasa, while several people were detained at the city's university campus. Two people were wounded in similar unrest in the central city of Kananga, while clashes were also reported in both North Kivu and South Kivu in the east of the country. Police spokesman Colonel Pierrot-Rombaut Mwanamputu warned there would be no tolerance for anyone disturbing the public order.

Student's death sparks protests in Oicha, North Kivu

One person was killed when protests escalated on Tuesday morning in North Kivu. Protesters took to the streets of Oicha, Beni, to protest the death of a 25-year-old student, who was apparently killed in Temambo by FARDC soldiers. Violence erupted as demonstrators set properties ablaze while heading to the local administrator's office. Local authorities urged the population to remain calm and called upon the military to punish undisciplined soldiers to avoid further killings. Earlier in November, the FARDC reportedly killed three other people in the same region.

Six wounded in clashes at DRC rally

Six people were wounded during clashes between police and opposition protesters in DR Congo on Saturday. "The police fired on our militants, injuring six of them, even though we had permission to hold our meeting," said Delly Sesanga MP, president of Envol, a member of the opposition coalition. The rally was held in the town of Kenge in Kwango province.

Six dead in Beni clashes

Six people have been killed in clashes between the DR Congo security forces (FARDC) and fighters from a Mai-Mai Mazembe militia near Beni in North Kivu. Four rebels and three soldiers were also wounded in the fighting, which occurred on Sunday.

Four wounded in Lusambo protest

Four people have been wounded during a protest in Lusambo, the capital of Sankuru province.  The protesters were calling for the resignation of Governor Berthold Ulungu, who has been accused of mismanagement involving a French investment project in the province. There has been a number of rallies in the area recently, including a week-long strike by teachers over the lack of payment of their salaries.

Activists arrested in North Kivu

At least 14 anti-government activists have been arrested in the eastern city of Beni in North Kivu. The suspects, members of the Fight for Change (LUCHA) citizen group, were detained on Tuesday in the Kasindi area. There have been multiple protests against President Joseph Kabila over his refusal to stand down at the end of his second mandate and schedule presidential elections.

Train crash kills 33 in DR Congo

At least 33 people have been killed in a train crash in southern DR Congo. Local media said the freight train was travelling between Lubumbashi to Luena when it caught fire and crashed into a ravine. "It's a freight train that derailed and it wasn't supposed to be carrying passengers. If there were people on board, we consider them to be illegal travellers," said Sylvestre Ilunga Ilukamba, a senior official from the national railway company.

Rebel colonel surrenders in eastern DR Congo

A rebel colonel has surrendered following deadly clashes in eastern DR Congo. Colonel Abbas Kayonga was sacked last week and fighting erupted when police were dispatched to disarm him in the city of Bukavu. “He has just surrendered with 17 people at the base of the mission,” army spokesman Diedonne Kasereka told Reuters. Two soldiers, three of Kayonga's guards and two civilians were killed in the fighting.

International community push for elections in 2018

The US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has pressured the Congolese Electoral Commision (CENI) to schedule the long-delayed presidential elections for 2018. She threatened to withdraw US support - a position largely followed by other members of the international community - for the electoral process if elections were further delayed. However, CENI had previously said that elections could only be held, at its earliest, by mid-2019. In December, dozens of people were killed after President Joseph Kabila - in office since 2001 - refused to step down from office. Kabila claims that the delays are due to difficulties on the electoral registry, but opposition members claim that Kabila is intentionally exploiting the situation to follow his own political agenda in a bid for re-election.

ADF rebels ambush senior army officer near Beni

A senior army officer has survived an ambush near the eastern town of Beni. General Marcel Mbangu was the suspected target of the attack, which left one soldier dead and several others requiring medical treatment. The attack was followed by an exchange of fire with the assailants, suspected to be rebels from the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), which lasted for 30 minutes. The incident occurred on the Mbau-Kamango road, close to where 20 civilians were killed in an attack last week.

Presidential elections could be delayed until 2019

Presidential elections in DR Congo could be delayed until 2019, according to the country's electoral commission. The  Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) said it needed a further 504 days after it completes an election census to prepare for the already delayed vote. There has been regular anti-government unrest in the country since Joseph Kabila refused to step down when his second mandate expired in December 2016.

Scores killed in Beni raids

At least 40 people have been killed in attacks by rebel fighters in Beni, North Kivu. Suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels targeted three military camps over the weekend, including one operated by the UN peacekeeping mission, MONUSCO. "I can confirm an attack on the MONUSCO base at Mamundioma this morning which killed one peacekeeper and injured 12," said mission spokesman Florence Marchal. Violence has been escalating in North Kivu, with ADF and the Mai-Mai Yakutumba militia responsible for much of the unrest.

Army kills 10 Mai Mai militia fighters in North Kivu

The DR Congo security forces have killed 10 Mai-Mai Mazembe militia fighters during operations in the Lubero district of North Kivu, according to a military spokesman. "They have been dislodged. We found 10 corpses," Lieutenant Jules Tshikudi, a spokesman for the army in North Kivu province, told AFP. "Two soldiers were also injured in the fighting. Everything is under control in the area and we are conducting sweeping-up operations." The area where the fighting took place is close to the Virunga national park and the eastern border with Uganda.

UN peacekeepers deployed to Uvira

UN peacekeepers have been deployed to the eastern city of Uvira following clashes between rebels and the Congolese army. Members of the Mai Mai Yakutumba militia have been targeting army positions on Lake Tanganyika, close to the border with Burundi. The head of MONUSCO, Maman Sidikou, said in a statement he "urged the armed groups to immediately cease this hostility, including all forms of violence against constituted authority and innocent civilians."

Troops clash with Mai Mai rebels on Lake Tanganyika

DR Congo government forces have clashed with Mai Mai Yakutumba militia fighters on Lake Tanganyika. Navy boats have been exchanging gunfire with rebels near the city of Uvira, close to the border with Burundi. “The rebels tried to attack (the city) from the lake. They have motorised pirogues,” a local resident told Reuters. Last week the Mai Mai Yakutumba leader, William Yakutumba, said his forces were rebelling against the government's mismanagement of DRC's natural resources and President Joseph Kabila's refusal to step down.

Ten killed in North Kivu flooding

Ten people have been killed and 92 others are missing following flooding in the eastern North Kivu province. The administrator of Masisi territory, Dieudonne Tshishiku, said emergency teams had been dispatched to the town of Bihambwe to search for the missing. The worst affected villages are Matanda, Rubaya, Kalambairo, Bihambwe and Mema, which were flooded when the Mumba and Osso rivers overflowed due to torrential rain.

Security forces kill Burundi migrants

DR Congo security forces have shot dead at least 37 Burundian migrants and wounded 117 others in the east of the country. The incident happened around the town of Kamanyola, where migrants were protesting against plans to force some of them to return to Burundi. Maman Sidikou, head of the local UN peacekeeping team, MONUSCO, condemned the violence, while Burundi's Foreign Minister Alain Aime Nyamitwe demanded answers from the DR Congo authorities.

Cholera spreads in DRC

An outbreak of cholera has spread to 20 of DR Congo's 26 provinces. The World Health Organization (WHO) said 528 people had now been killed in the country since the end of July. “The risk of spreading is still very high towards the Greater Kasai region (central DR Congo) where degraded health and safety conditions further increase vulnerability to this epidemic,” said the WHO.

Police fire tear gas at opposition supporters

Police have fired tear gas at opposition protesters in the DR Congo capital, Kinshasa. Supporters of Felix Tshisekedi, head of an opposition coalition, gathered outside his home on Sunday in anticipation of his return to the country. Tshisekedihas called for widespread civil disobedience beginning on 1 October in a bid to protest against the lack of elections in the country.

Landslide kills 49 near Lake Albert

At least 49 people have been killed in a landslide near Lake Albert in north-east DR Congo. Part of the mountain collapsed on a fisherman's camp in the village of Tora following torrential rain in the area. Medical officials said four people were receiving treatment at the Tshomia hospital.

Ten kidnapped by LRA in eastern DRC

At least 10 people have been kidnapped by suspected Lord's Resistance Army (LRA)  in eastern DR Congo. “We condemn the kidnapping of 10 people from the village of Kunu (in the northeast) by gunmen identified as LRA rebels,” a local official, Dungu Christophe Ikando, told AFP. The UN radio station in the country claims that more than 40 people were taken in the attack, including two election agents who were seized near a voter registration centre.

Opposition calls for two-day general strike

DR Congo's opposition has launched a two-day general strike in protest at President Joseph Kabila's failure to set a date for elections. The action is being taken a day after 12 people were killed in the capital, Kinshasa, and the city of Matadi. Two-thirds of shops and banks are reported to have been closed in Kinshasa and there is a high-security presence across several districts.

Dozen killed in Kinshasa violence

At least 12 people have been killed in an outbreak of violence in DR Congo's capital, Kinshasa. The security forces killed members of the separatist sect Bundu dia Kongo (BDK) in the capital and the south-western city of Matadi, while a police officer also died. The unrest was sparked when members of the BDK attacked the Makala prison in Kinshasa on Monday.  

Dozens killed in ethnic clashes

At least 50 people have been killed in ethnic violence in eastern DR Congo.  Local aid workers said Twa pygmies attacked the Luba, a Bantu ethnic group, near Kalemie, in Tanganyika province. "According to information gathered, there were about 50 deaths in the attack on the group,” Ilunga Musafiri, president of the local NGO Inter-church Council said.

Scores arrested at anti-Kabila protest

More than 100 people have been arrested at anti-government rallies across DR Congo. The rallies, which were organised by the pro-democracy group Lucha, were used to call on President Joseph Kabila to step down by the end of the year. "Arbitrary arrests are incompatible with the right to information [and] right of freedom of assembly guaranteed in DRC Constitution," said the UN Joint Human Rights Office in the country.

Mai Mai militia leader surrenders to UN

The leader of the Mai Mai militia has surrendered to the UN in eastern DR Congo. Ntabo Ntaberi Sheka, wanted for mass rape and killings, handed himself over to UN forces in the town of Mutongo and has been transferred to Goma. Sheka handed himself in "in full awareness of the fact that he is wanted by the government...to stand trial for alleged crimes", the mission said.

Opposition leader calls for fresh anti-Kabila protests

Self-exiled opposition leader Moise Katumbi has called for fresh protests against President Joseph Kabila. “I’m also going on the streets and will encourage the people because today people are dying and no serious investors have come to the country since 2016,” he said. Katumbi said he will return to DR Congo from Belgium "as quickly as possible" to lead the protests. Kabila refused to step down when his mandate expired last December, and is not expected uphold an agreement with the opposition to hold elections by the end of 2017.

Rangers killed in operation to free journalist

Five park rangers have been killed during an operation to free a US journalist and three colleagues in eastern DR Congo.  The group had been abducted during an attack out in the Okapi Wildlife Reserve in Mambassa on Friday. Cosma Wilungula, the head of the park service, confirmed that the journalist and rangers had been rescued from a group of Mai Mai militia fighters involved in illegal gold mining.

Journalist killed in north-east

A Congolese journalist has been killed in an attack at his home in north-eastern DR Congo. "A journalist from (state broadcaster) RTNC was killed around 04:00 by an as yet unidentified assailant who hit him with a blunt object, causing his death," vice-governor of Ituri province Pacifique Keta told AFP. Police said they are investigating potential links to the killing of Banga Karaba and the ongoing ethnic Hema-Lendu conflict in the region.

Presidential elections unlikely this year

The head of DR Congo's national election commission said long-overdue presidential elections are unlikely to take place this year. "It will not be possible before December," Corneille Nangaa told reporters in Kinshasa. A deal was agreed at the end of President Joseph Kabila's second term, which ended last year, to guarantee elections in 2017. The opposition denounced Nangaa's announcement on Sunday as a declaration of "war".

Seven soldiers convicted of Kasai crimes

Seven DR Congo soldiers have been convicted for the murder of militia members in the Kasai region.  Two army majors were sentenced to 20 years in prison and three soldiers to 15 years at the court in Mbuki Mayi.  Two other troops were sentenced in absentia to capital punishment for their role in the massacre in February. The government denies any systematic use of excessive force and has said the prosecutions show its justice system's ability to deal with crimes committed during the conflict.

Gold mine closed due to fighting

Banro Corp has closed the Namoya gold mine due to clashes between DR Congo troops and a local militia.  The company said it has suspended operations and evacuated all of its staff near the town of Lulimba.  On Monday 23 trucks belonging to a contractor of the mine were caught in the crossfire during a gun battle between the army and Mai Mai rebels.

Police officer kidnapped in Lubero

A police officer has been kidnapped by an armed militia group in Lubero, North Kivu.  Local residents suspect that Mai Mai rebels were behind the attack, which took place in Kipese in the early hours of Saturday.  The assailants also stole two motorcycles during the raid.  Local administrator Bokele Joy said a ransom demand of $1,100 has been made.

DR Congo cancels independence day parade

DR Congo has cancelled its annual independence day military parade due to security concerns.  The decision was taken a day after a police officer was shot dead during an attack on a prison in Kinshasa.  The parade was also cancelled in 2012 and 2013 during the country’s war with the M23 rebellion.

Six killed in North Kivu clashes

Six people have been killed in fresh clashes in DR Congo's North Kivu province.  The Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) were ambushed in Kaseghe by suspected Mai Mai militias late on Saturday.  Two soldiers and four rebels were killed in the fighting, according to Lieutenant Jules Tshikudi.  Local activists said thousands of resident fled Kaseghe due to the fighting.  "We are asking the authorities to come and protect this population," said Georges Kasongo, head of civil society.

Sixteen killed in Beni clashes

At least 16 people have been killed in heavy fighting in the eastern town of Beni in North Kivu province.  Members of a suspected Mai Mai militia clashed with troops from the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) near the town Hall on Thursday leaving 13 assailants and three soldiers dead.  Beni Mayor Nyonyi Bwanakawa said a new rebel coalition - the National Revolutionaries Movement - were behind the attack.

LRA ambush two soldiers in Ango, Bas-Ule

Two soldiers of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) have been killed in an ambush in Bas-Ule, northern DRC. Local sources claimed that the attackers were members of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) and came on motorcycles from their stronghold located near the Ango area. FARDC soldiers rescued seven civilians that were kidnapped a few hours earlier after an intense shooting broke out.

Kidnapped ICRC staff released

Two aid workers from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) who were kidnapped last week have been released.  "They were released by their kidnappers this [Thursday] morning and found in Kaseghe about five kilometres from where they were kidnapped," Joy Bokele, administrator of the Lubero territory in North Kivu province said.  The ICRC said they were "relieved" that their colleagues have been freed, but refused to speculate about the kidnappers.

Polio detected in DR Congo

Two cases of polio have been detected in the Haut-Lomami and Maniema provinces of DR Congo.  The World Health Organization (WHO) announced the findings in a statement on Tuesday.  ''Outbreak response plans are currently being finalized, consisting of strengthening surveillance, including active case searching for additional cases, and supplementary immunization activities with monovalent oral polio vaccine type 2 in line with internationally-agreed outbreak response protocols,'' the statement added.

Hundreds escape during prison attack

Eleven people have been killed and 900 prisoners freed during an attack on a jail in eastern DR Congo.  Unknown gunmen raided the facility in Beni, North Kivu province on Sunday.  "The Kangwayi prison in Beni was attacked at 15:30 by assailants whose identity is not yet known," said Julien Paluku, governor of North Kivu province. "For the moment, out of 966 prisoners, there are only 30 left in the prison."

Hostages released near Virunga

A DR Congo military spokesman says 11 people kidnapped by rebels have been released in the east of the country.  The hostages, all residents of Mamundioma village, were freed near the Virunga National Park on Sunday.  Capt. Mak Hazukay Mongba said the group were freed during fighting between the military and Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels.

Six killed in DRC robbery

Six people were killed in an attempted armed robbery in Goma on Saturday.  A police officer, an office clerk and four suspected robbers died during the attack on a money transfer office.  General Vital Awashango, head of police in North Kivu, said investigations were ongoing and order was quickly restored.

Mining workers released by kidnappers in Kindu

Four hostages have been released after being kidnapped at a mine in eastern DRC. A French national and three Congolese workers were taken in early-March at the Namoya gold mine explored by Canada-based Banro Mining Corporation. Provincial Interior Minister said that they were released after intense negotiations with the kidnappers, who demanded $1m in ransom. Media reported that the man was kidnapped by members of the Rahiya Mutomboki group, which fought the mining company to give work access to locals.

OIE announces three bird flu outbreaks in Ituri

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) has confirmed three outbreaks of the H5 bird flu in Ituri, north-eastern DRC. The virus mainly affected hens and ducks in three villages along the Ugandan border. The exact strain of the highly pathogenic H5 bird flu remains unknown. Humans can be infected with the virus. Symptoms are usually mild but may vary to severe pneumonia. It is advised to avoid contact with infected live and dead animals. 

Cult leader and 50 inmates escape DRC prison

The leader of a separatist cult and 50 other inmates have escaped from a prison in DR Congo's capital, Kinshasa.  The prisoners - including Ne Muanda Nsemi, leader of the Bundu dia Kongo movement - were freed when his supporters attacked the Makala prison at around 04:00 local time.  A major operation is underway to recapture the escaped prisoners. Nsemi, who was arrested in March, wants to restore an ancient monarchy across parts of DR Congo, Republic of Congo, Angola and Gabon.

Ebola outbreak confirmed in DRC

An outbreak of the Ebola virus has been confirmed in north-east DR Congo.  The World Health Organization (WHO) said three deaths have been confirmed in Bas-Uele, adding that the outbreak is being taken "very seriously".  A three-month outbreak in 2014 led to 49 deaths, while hundreds died in West Africa as the disease spread through Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Two Congolese soldiers killed in FDLR attack

Two DR Congo soldiers have been killed in an attack by suspected Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) fighters in North Kivu.  A military source said rebels from the FDLR-Nyatura coalition targeted the army's position in Kitchanga in the early hours of Monday morning.  Maj. Guillaume Njike, army spokesman, said a civilian was also killed in the attack.

Two dead in South Kivu attack

Two people have been killed and four others wounded in an attack in the eastern province of South Kivu.  A minibus was travelling to Fizi from Uriva on Tuesday morning when it was attacked by unidentified gunmen.  The wounded were transferred to Uvira General Reference Hospital for treatment, while Colonel Ramazani Fundi claims his troops are pursuing the assailants, who he claims are rebels from Burundi.

Twenty killed in Kasai violence

At least 20 people have been killed in the latest outbreak of violence in DR Congo's Kasai region.  The UN mission MONUSCO said the incident took place in the town of Mungamba and has been attributed to ethnic tensions between the Lulua-Luba and Chokwe-Pende groups.  The latter have accused their rivals of supporting the Kamwina Nsapu militia, who have been carrying out multiple attacks in the region since their leader was killed by police last August.

Angolan police reinforce DRC border

The National Police of Angola (PN) has reinforced patrols around the border with DR Congo.  "Measures are being taken. We can not remain undaunted, we are taking measures of containment so that there is no penetration of armed forces into our country," said Commissioner Ambrosio de Lemos.  More than 12,000 people have fled the Congolese region of Kasai to Lunda-Norte to escape conflict.

UN staff freed by refugees at DRC camp

South Sudanese refugees have freed 13 UN staff members briefly held hostage at a camp in the eastern DR Congo.  The unarmed refugees held the group at the Munigi camp in North Kivu on Tuesday.  The UN peacekeeping department said: "All staff have returned safely to their homes. No casualties have been reported." It said the mission is investigating the incident.

Dozens arrested at DRC protests

Several dozen people have been arrested during protests against DR Congo President Joseph Kabila.  "Police have arrested and detained 34 people in Kinshasa," said national police spokesperson Pierre-Rombaut Mwanamputu.  "Some wanted to breach the ban on a march and others were preparing acts of vandalism".  Human Rights Watch (HRW) said 80 people were detained in several towns across the country for ignoring the ban on protests, although the opposition cancelled a march in Kinshasa due to the threat of arrest.

Bruno Tshibala appointed new PM

Bruno Tshibala has been appointed as DR Congo's new prime minister by President Joseph Kabila.  Tshibala will hold the position until presidential elections, which are due to take place later this year.  Kabila has been under increasing pressure after elections were postponed last year because of apparent budgetary constraints, sparking violent protests.

Four killed in DR Congo clashes

A police officer and three civilians have been killed in clashes in south-eastern DR Congo.  "The captain commander of the Kapolowe station police station died wildly stoned by the angry population after the death of an epileptic pastor. His bodyguard, given for dead, was recovered in a critical condition. Three civilians were also killed," said General Jean-Bosco Galenga, head of the Upper Katanga police.  Local residents told the AFP that frustration about police harassment sparked the unrest.

Eight killed in armed incursion in Luebo

At least eight people have been killed when an armed group raided a village in southern DRC. Fighters loyal to the traditional leader Kamwina Nsapu launched their incursion on Luebo village on Friday. The brutal attack also targeted administrative offices and other community buildings. Since August the escalating violence in southern DRC has led to the death of more than 400 people.

UN reduces size of MONUSCO force

The UN Security Council has voted to reduce the size of its peacekeeping force in DR Congo (MONUSCO).  The mission's mandate has been extended by another year to the end of March 2018, although troop numbers have been cut by around 3,000.  The decision comes amid increasing violence and political instability in the country, much of which has been linked to President Joseph Kabila, who remains in office despite his two-term mandate expiring last year.

Tensions high in Kinshasa after mediation talks fail

Police were deployed in Kinshasa on Tuesday after protesters took to the streets of the capital.  Officers fired live rounds and tear gas to disperse the protesters, who set fire to tyres at city intersections after Catholic bishops withdrew from mediation talks between the government and opposition.  The President of CENCO, Monsignor Marcel Utembi, blamed "the lack of political will and the inability of political and social actors to find a compromise," for the breakdown of talks.

Missing UN investigators feared dead in Kasai region

Two missing UN investigators are feared dead after officials located remains in the Kasai region of DR Congo.  US citizen Michael Sharp and Swedish national Zaida Catalan were abducted by "negative forces" earlier this month.  "Two bodies of Caucasian or European types have been discovered on the road linking Bukonde to Tshimbulu in Central Kasai," said Congolese government spokesman Lambert Mende.  Scores of people have been killed in the central province since last August, including 40 police officers who were decapitated on Friday.

Police officers ambushed by militants in Kasai

Security forces revealed that at least 40 police officers were decapitated following an ambush in central DRC on Friday. Kamuina Nsapu militants are suspected of ambushing a police convoy travelling from Tshikpa, Kasai province, to Kananga. The insurgency in DRC already spread across five DRC's provinces, where according to the UN more than 400 people were already killed in clashes.

Two UN officials kidnapped in DRC

Two UN officials have been kidnapped in southern DR Congo.  A US national, Michael Sharp, and a Swedish woman, Zaida Catalan, were kidnapped by unknown assailants in the Kasai Central province on Sunday.  A government spokesman said the pair had "fallen into the hands of negative forces not yet identified," along with four Congolese support staff.

Five mine workers kidnapped in eastern DRC

Gunmen have kidnapped five workers from a gold mine in eastern DR Congo.  Banro Corporation Spokesman Crispin Mutwedu said a local militia raided the site in Namoya on Wednesday morning and abducted a French national, a Tanzanian and three Congolese.  Last month three police officers and one assailant were killed in an attack on another Banro mine in South Kivu.

Civilians killed in eastern DRC

The Mai-Mai Mazembe militia have killed 25 civilians in the restive North Kivu province.  A representative of the local governor said the attack took place around the village of Kyaghala on Saturday.  All of the victims were Hutus, and local activists said the killings will ignite further inter-ethnic violence in the region.

Government says elections too expensive

The DR Congo government says it will not be able to afford the presidential elections scheduled for later this year.  Budget Minister Pierre Kangudia said the poll would cost $1.8bn, which the government cannot afford.  President Joseph Kabila's final mandate expired in November 2016, and his refusal to step down sparked a political crisis and a wave of anti-government protests.  In December a deal was agreed between the government and the opposition that new elections would be held before the end of 2017.

Police open fire on sect members in Kinshasa

DR Congo police have fired live rounds and tear gas at supporters of a separatist religious sect in Kinshasa.  The unrest occurred outside the home of Ne Muanda Nsemi, the leader of the Bundu dia Kongo (BDK) sect, in Ma Campagne district on Tuesday morning.  There was no immediate confirmation of casualties, although the UN said at least 100 people had been killed.  UN spokeswoman Liz Throssell said they were deeply concerned by the "disproportionate use of force".

Nearly a dozen killed during clashes in Tshimbulu

Nearly a dozen people have been killed during fierce clashes in central Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Monday. A local activist told Reuters that the confrontation near Tshimbulu was generated over grievances between DRC troops and a militia group. The incident comes days after more than 60 militia members were killed in clashes in the same region. Thousands have already been displaced amid the ongoing long-standing conflict over land, resources and ethnic issues.

Three police officers killed in mine attack in eastern DRC

Three police officers have been killed in an attack on the Banro Corp's Twangiza gold mine in eastern DR Congo.  In a statement the company said heavily armed men targeted the site on Tuesday, leading to clashes with police.  One assailant also died during the incident.

Travellers complain over lack of safety in crossing Lake Tanganyika

Burundi travellers to Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) raised concerns over maritime safety on boats to cross the Lake Tanganyika. The main complaint regards the poor conditions of the vessels and the lack of safety features, such as life jackets. The situation is enhanced by strong winds that highly affect overcrowded boats, especially off Rumonge port in south-eastern Burundi which allegedly has no rescue services. Residents from Rumonge often use the service to trade, visit relatives or farm in the DRC.

Dozens of M23 rebels seek refuge in Rwanda over army crackdown

Thirty members of the Congolese militia group March 23 Movement (M23) reportedly fled to Rwanda claiming to be prosecuted by the government's army - FARDC. Rwanda's defense minister stated that all M23 members were unarmed when they were apprehended in Rubavu district on Sunday. The M23 is composed mostly of Tutsi ethnics who were defeated in 2012 following a failed peace agreement signed in 2009.

Police fire tear gas at Kinshasa protest

Police have fired tear gas at a rally in DR Congo's capital, Kinshasa.  More than 100 people gathered on Wednesday to mourn the death of opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi from the Union for Democracy and Social Progress party (UDPS).  He travelled to Belgium last week for medical treatment and had been due to head a transitional council as part of a deal with President Joseph Kabila, who has agreed to step down this year.

Security forces arrest former M23 rebels

Ugandan security forces have detained more than 100 former M23 rebels near the DR Congo border.  "The Uganda Security intercepted four vehicles at Mbarara that were carrying 101 former M23 combatants who were travelling on their way to Democratic Republic of Congo," spokesman Ofwono Opondo said in a statement.  The suspects fled a military camp where they had been awaiting amnesty since 2013.  "Uganda will not and does not support any armed activities to destabilise the Democratic Republic of Congo," Opondo said on Thursday.

Ethnic clashes leave 15 dead in DR Congo

At least 15 people have been killed in ethnic clashes in south-eastern DR Congo.  "Clashes between Bantus and Pygmies in the village of Piana Mwanga have left 15 Bantus dead, 37 injured and 65 houses burned," Paul Kwanga, bishop of the south-eastern town of Manono, told AFP.  In recent years there have been multiple deadly clashes between the Pygmies and Bantus from the ethnic Luba group in the region.

Political transition deal agreed in DRC

An agreement has been reached between the government and the opposition that will see President Joseph Kabila step down after elections in 2017.  "We have reached agreement on all points," said Marcel Utembi, the bishop who chairs the Episcopal Conference (CENCO) overseeing the talks.  The deal was agreed on Saturday following protracted talks between the two sides, which coincided with a series of anti-government protests, during which at least 40 people were killed and hundreds more arrested.

Floods kill 50 in DR Congo

At least 50 people have been killed and thousands more displaced in flooding in south-western DR Congo. Jacques Mbadu, governor of Kongo Central province, said the flood waters were two metres above normal levels after the Kalamu river burst its banks.  "This is a cyclical phenomenon which happens every 10 years. It last happened in January 2015, but with climate change it's now happened again in December 2016," said Mbadu.

Deadly attacks leave 22 dead in North Kivu

At least 22 civilians have been killed in a series of attacks in DR Congo's North Kivu province.  "Yesterday, they killed 10 civilians. Twelve other bodies were found [on Sunday] in the surrounding villages," regional official Amisi Kalonda told the AFP.  The Ugandan rebel group, the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), have been accused by officials of carrying out the attacks.

Police fire tear gas at protesters in Kinshasa

Police in DR Congo have fired tear gas to disperse protesters in the capital, Kinshasa.  Hundreds of anti-Kabila demonstrators in Kalamu, Matete and Lingwala districts blew whistles to signify that it was time for President Joseph Kabila to stand down.  "I launch a solemn appeal to the Congolese people to not recognise the...illegal and illegitimate authority of Joseph Kabila and to peacefully resist (his) coup d'etat," said opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi.  Kabila's second-term mandate expires at midnight.  The UN's human rights director for the country, Jose Maria Aranaz, said they were investigating reports that 20 civilians had been killed in clashes with security forces in the capital.

South African peacekeeper killed in eastern DRC

A South African peacekeeper, a police officer and five suspected rebels have been killed in clashes in eastern DR Congo.  According to the South African military rebels carried out an attack on a prison in the city of Butembo in North Kivu on Tuesday. "At around 6 am (04:00 GMT), the assailants, who were likely Mai-Mai fighters, launched an attack against the prison and other places,” said the spokesman for the UN’s MONUSCO peacekeeping force, Felix-Prosper Basse.

Tensions rise in DRC as Kabila's mandate expires

Hundreds of people have gathered in DR Congo's capital, Kinshasa, despite a ban on political protests in the country.  Security forces have been deployed across the city after talks between President Joseph Kabila and the opposition were suspended over the weekend.  Kabila's second term mandate is due to expire on Tuesday; however, no elections are currently scheduled and he appears determined to stay in office, despite increasing pressure for him to step down.

Twenty terror suspects arrested, North-Kivu

Approximately 20 terror suspects have been arrested by the Upper Military Prosecutor in connection to terror attacks which killed 30 people in Luhanga, North-Kivu. The terror attacks in Luhanga had been attributed to the Mai-Mai militiamen militant group, however it remains unclear how many of the 20 detainess have direct links to the militant group.

Three killed as insurgents clash with FARDC, Vitshumbi

Three people have been killed in recent clashes between the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) and insurgent groups. The insurgents had attempted to take control of the Vitshumbi locality and are believed to have been associated with the Mai-Mai militia. Of the three killed, two were civilians and one was a Mai-Mai militia insurgent. Civilians have been advised to avoid areas dominated by conflict.

Four militiamen killed in DRC clashes

Four members of a militia were killed in clashes with the DR Congo security forces over the weekend.  Supporters of traditional ruler Kamwina Nsapu clashed with police in Tshikapa in the central province Kasai.  Nsapu was killed by the security forces last August, while in late September his militia briefly seized control of Kananga airport.

Mai-Mai militia attacks Hutu village in North Kivu

At least 34 people have been killed in an attack on a Hutu village in eastern DR Congo.  A suspected Mai-Mai Mazembe militia carried out the raid on the village of Luhanga in North Kivu on Sunday.  “They started attacking the position of the FARDC (Congolese army). While they were attacking the FARDC, another group carried out the killing or shooting the population”, said local administrator Joy Bokele.

Fresh Pygmy-Bantu clashes erupt in Kalemie

Another outbreak of deadly clashes has been reported between the Pygmy and Bantu people in south-eastern DR Congo.  Provincial governor Richard Ngoyi Kitamala has appealed for calm in Muswaki, but denied reports that there have been killings. "The situation is not as alarming as many would like to believe," Kitamala said.  Earlier this week a spokesman for the UN mission MONUSCO said they had received reports that 30 people had been killed in an attack by Pygmies on a Kalemie-bound train.

Three people kidnapped in Limete

Three people have been kidnapped from the Limete suburb of Kinshasa, according to reports.  The trio's relatives said they were abducted last Friday by people in civilian clothes.  Last week the Voice of the Voiceless activist group said a hundred opposition supporters had been abducted by DR Congo soldiers, including members of the Republic Guard, in the town of Mont Ngafula.

Opposition leader named new PM

Opposition leader Samy Badibanga has been named as DR Congo's new prime minister.  The appointment was made on Thursday as part of a power-sharing agreement signed with the government.  Earlier this week Augustin Matata resigned to make way for Badibanga.

Journalist shot dead in Mbuji-Mayi

A Congolese journalist has been shot dead at his home in Mbuji-Mayi in the central Kasai-Oriental province.  “We condemn the death of Marcel Lubala of RTNC (Congolese National Radio and Television) who was struck down on Monday night as he slept peacefully with his family,” said UNPC president Joseph Boucard Kasonga Tshilunde.  A curfew has been in place in Mbuji-Mayi since police clashed with supporters of a local chief in September.

Five killed in South Kivu ambush

Five people were killed in an ambush on a regional minister's convoy in South Kivu on Sunday.  "Five people were killed in the attack against the convoy of provincial interior minister Etshiba Mboko," said Agnes Sadiki, the eastern region's transport minister and government spokeswoman.  The minister was unharmed but two of his bodyguards and three civilians died in the ambush.  The identity or motive of the assailants has not been established.

Prime Minister Ponyo resigns

DR Congo's prime minister, Augustin Matata Ponyo, has resigned as part of an ongoing peace agreement with the opposition.  The national dialogue framework agreement was signed in October and Ponyo's resignation paves the way for an opposition candidate to take his place.  “I have offered my resignation as well as those of the members of my government… to respond to the spirit and the letter of the accord,” said Matata.

Grenade blast kills two in Goma

A UN peacekeeper and an eight-year-old girl have been killed on a grenade explosion in the eastern city of Goma.  A further 31 peacekeepers - all Indian nationals - and three civilians were also wounded in the blast, which occurred on Tuesday morning.  "The staff is very busy gathering information about this incident," said Sylvestre Kilolo, a spokesman for Congo's UN mission, MONUSCO.  More than 20,000 troops are deployed in DR Congo as part of the MONUSCO mission.

Tear gas fired at opposition supporters in Kinshasa

Police in the DR Congo fired tear gas to prevent an opposition rally in the capital, Kinshasa, on Saturday.  Around 60 people had gathered outside the house of opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi before police intervened.  At least one person was wounded and two others arrested in the latest in a series of clashes in the capital.  The opposition claim President Joseph Kabila is using the electoral system to stay in power beyond his constitutional limits.

Bodies of slain activists displayed in Kinshasa

The bodies of six opposition activists killed during violent protests in September were on public display in the capital, Kinshasa, on Monday.  Their remains were displayed at the headquarters of the Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS), the party of opposition leader, Etienne Tshisekedi.  They were then buried in Limete at a service attended by around 2,000 people, many of whom carried UDPS flags.  The opposition  claims that they were killed by soldiers during anti-government protests.  "We are going to bury the bodies that his government has killed, this is all that we can say” said Secretary General UDPS, Jean Marc Kabund.

Six killed in North Kivu attacks

Six people have been killed in an attack by suspected Ugandan rebels in the Beni region of North Kivu in eastern DR Congo.  Local administrator Kalonda Amisi said the victims, all civilians, were killed during clashes between Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels and the Congolese armed forces near the Kitevya health centre. Around 700 people have been killed in attacks in the troubled region since October, 2014.

Rwandan rebel commander arrested in DRC

A suspected commander of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) militant group has been arrested by police in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).  Habyarimana Mucebo, who is accused of involvement in the Rwandan genocide in 1994, was arrested in Rutshuru in North Kivu province.  Congolese officials said he has been arrested for atrocities carried out by the FDLR in DRC.

Police arrest 17 for election protests

Police in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have arrested 17 people this week for protesting against the postponement of the country's presidential elections.  Eight members of the activist group Struggle for Change (Lucha) were arrested in Goma on Wednesday, while nine other Lucha members were detained on Monday and Tuesday in the city.  The UN said it was concerned about the crackdown on democracy activists in the country.  "We are very worried about the hardening of repression against civil society activities," Jose Maria Aranaz, director of the UN Joint Human Rights Office in Congo told Reuters.

Opposition calls for strike over vote delay

The main opposition party in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has called for a nationwide general strike on Wednesday over the decision to delay the presidential election until April, 2018.  President Joseph Kabila's final term is due to end in December, but the new deal gives him more than an extra year in office.  The secretary-general of the Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS) said the move "unilaterally imposes Mr Kabila in flagrant violation of the constitution which sets the end of his mandate at December 20".

Soldiers launch offensive on Mai Mai militiamen in Mambasa

On 16 October, the Congolese military launched an offensive on the headquarters of the Mai Mai militia in the Mambasa territory, leading to an exchange of fire in which six people were killed. Four of those killed are believed to be militiamen. Weapons and ammunition were reportedly seized during the operation. The offensive was launched when the army received information that the militia was preparing to attack civilians in the territory. 

Twenty dead in Katanga clashes

At least 20 people have been killed in three days of ethnic clashes in DR Congo's southern Katanga province.  Local MP Kalunga Mawazo said four Pygmies and 16 members of the Luba people died in violence between Sunday and Tuesday.  The fighting was sparked by a tax dispute over the caterpillar harvest, which is normally paid by the Pygmies for the local food staple.  “Tension is high in Kabalo, we sent a team there and reinforcements to restore order,” the Governor of Tanganyika, Ngoy Kitangala, told AFP

Wanted warlord turns himself in after five years

On 12 October, the leader of regional separatist group Bakata Katanga and a wanted warlord, Gedeon Kyungu, surrendered himself to authorities following a fight with 100 of his fighters in Malambwe. He was serving a sentence in prison for crimes against humanity before he escaped five years ago. He has been wanted by the Congolese government ever since. It is not yet known why he surrendered to the authorities or what will now happen to him.

Ten killed in clashes between Congolese army and suspected Ugandan rebels

On 10 October, Ugandan militants, suspected to be members of the Allied Democratic Froces (ADF), attacked Beni in northeastern Democractic Republic of Congo (DRC). Resultant clashes with the armed forces of the DRC resulted in the deaths of eight civilians, one Congolese soldier and one Ugandan militant.

UN peacekeeping mission in DRC given deadline for removal of South Sudan fighters

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been given a week to fly hundreds of South Sudanese fighters out of the country. The fighters are loyal to ousted Vice President Riek Machar and crossed into the DRC with him following intense violence in the South Sudan capital of Juba. The 750 men have been disarmed and cared for by the UN mission, but Congolese authorities have declared them as a security risk. They are being housed in UN camps near Goma, North Kivu province. Residents fear a repeat of the fallout of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, where perpetrators of the massacres set up base in North Kivu. They also fear that the South Sudanese government may carry out a "right of pursuit" across the border, exposing them to fresh conflict. 

US sanctions allies of President Kabila

On 29 September, the United States (US) imposed sanctions on General Gabriel Amisi Kumba of the army and John Numba, an ex-police chief. Both men are close allies of incumbent president Joseph Kabila. The US has accused them of threatening the country's stability by suppressing the opposition and has frozen their assets in the US. 

Deadly clashes in Kananga leave 13 dead

At least 13 people died in clashes between militia fighters and the DR Congo security forces late last week.  The fighting began on Thursday morning in the southern city of Kananga when fighters loyal to a traditional chief, who was killed by police last month, engaged in a gunbattle with troops.  On Friday fighters attacked the city's airport, killing a civilian worker.  "The situation is under our control. The airport has been under the control of our forces since this afternoon," said government spokesman Lambert Mende.

Suspected ADF rebels kill seven in North Kivu

At least seven civilians were killed overnight in a town near Beni, North Kivu province, by suspected Ugandan rebels. Five people are missing and more than 15 houses were burnt by the attackers, believed to be militants from the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF). The attack comes weeks after the death of over a hundred civilians at the hands of ADF rebels in the same area. 

Death toll hits 44 during anti-Kabila protests

On 21 September, the death toll for those killed during anti-Kabila protests rose to 44 people, six of whom are police officers and 37 civilians. The unrest began on Monday when the DCR's electoral commission attempted to postpone the next presidential election, which was due to take place in November, 2016. This was viewed by many as an unconstitutional attempt to keep incumbent president Kabila in power. 

Two killed as opposition headquarters torched in Kinshasa

On 20 September, armed men set fire to the headquarters of three opposition parties in Kinshasa, with two people being found dead at the office of the Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UPDS) party, the main opposition in the country. The attackers reportedly burst into the office in the Limete neighbourhood at approximately 02:00 GMT and threw petrol in before setting it ablaze. Initial reports stated that three people had been killed, but one person was found to be alive, although severely burnt.  

Deadly clashes reported at protests in Kinshasa

Protests calling for incumbent president, Joseph Kabila, to step down have turned violent in Kinshasa, with deadly clashes between protesters and police being reported in the city.  According to the AFP 17 police officers and 14 protesters have been killed so far in the violence, while dozens more have been wounded. The presidential guard have also been deployed to the capital and further violence is expected.

Six NRC agents kidnapped in North Kivu; $1,000 ransom demanded

On 5 September, six Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) agents were kidnapped by suspected Nyatura militiamen in Masisi, North Kivu. They were abducted whilst travelling to the site of a humanitarian mission in Kalembe. The kidnappers have issued a ransom demand of $1,000 in exchange for their release. 

Two killed in clashes between FARDC and militia group in Walikale

Two civilians were reported dead during a confrontation between Mai-Mai Mazembe militias and soldiers of the Armed forces of the DRC (FARDC) on Sunday. The clashes took place across several villages of Walikale, eastern part of the country. According to local sources, Mai-Mai Mazembe militants attacked FARDC positions between Walikale and Lubero. The group set camps on fire, causing the displacement of several local residents. The FARDC reinforced their presence in the area on Monday, while the local administrators claimed the situation was brought under control.

Scores wounded in violent protest in Kwilu

At least 20 police officers have been injured during a protest in Kwilu province, eastern DRC. The demonstration included hundreds of local residents of Bulungu, who demanded the establishment of a local commune in the town. The violence escalated when the police fired warning shots to disperse the population, who they alleged were holding an unauthorised protest. Protesters responded by throwing stones and setting government buildings on fire. The discontent was triggered by a 2012 territorial administration law that modified the status of towns, cities and rural communes.

Twelve people arrested after clashes between opposition members in Kinshasa

On 1 September, clashes broke out between approximately 100 supporters of rival opposition parties at the headquarters of the Union pour le Nation Congolaise (UNC) and ATD in the districts of Lemba, Limete and Kasavuba in Kinshasa. Opposition supporters threw rocks and set tyres on fireoutside the headquarters. They were allegedly protesting against the party leaders' willingness to take part in new talks regarding the delayed presidential election. At least 12 of the protesters were arrested, and police fired teargas to disperse the crowd. 

North Kivu militias sign peace deal in Muhanga

Two local militant groups of the North Kivu region signed a peace agreement in Muhanga, eastern DRC, on Wednesday. Reports by local authorities stated that the deal between the Alliance of Patriots for a Free and Sovereign Congo (APCLS) and Mai-Mai Nyatura rebels will be monitored and mediated by the police and security forces. The agreement is set to end the kidnapping of humanitarian aid workers and also halt the roadblocks restricting the free movement of people and goods in the region. The APCLS and the Mai-Mai Nyature militias stated that they are willing to hand over their weapons to the Armed Forces of DRC (FARDC), once security guarantees are settled.

UN envoy condemns detention of opposition members in central DRC

The arrest of 32 opposition members of the 'dead city' strike, led by the government's main opposition, was publicly condemned by the United Nations. The director of the Joint United Nations Office for Human Rights in DRC, Jose Maria Aranaz, stated on Wednesday that the unlawful arrests carried out by the National Intelligence Agency (ANR) in Kinshasa and Mbuji-Mayi were arbitrary. The 'dead city' strike was called to protest against the African Union facilitator for the national political dialogue, ahead of the July 2017 elections. The move was triggered when the talks were boycotted by the opposition over claims that the government plans to delay the elections.

Two killed after ADF raid in North Kivu

Two people have been killed during a raid carried out by alleged militants from the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) in North Kivu region. The incursion took place in the Kithevya and Makulu villages in Beni state on Tuesday. Local sources confirmed the casualties and stated that dozens of houses were burned down during the attack. Authorities believe that the attackers were the same that nearly 10 days ago assassinated over 36 people in the village of Rwangoma.

Opposition calls for nation-wide general strike on 23 August

The political opposition in the Democratic Republic of Congo has called for a nation-wide general strike, known as a "ville-morte," on 23 August. Travellers should avoid large public gatherings and demonstrations, remain vigilant and should follow local security advice, as protests can escalate without warning and become violent. 

Hundreds protest over insecurity in eastern DRC

Hundreds of protesters stormed the streets of Beni, eastern DRC, to demonstrate over the insecurity in the region. The demonstrators were gathered for the last mourning day for the 51 civilians killed on Saturday by Ugandan rebels of the Democratic Allied Forces (ADF). According to the AFP, six demonstrators were arrested and taken to an undisclosed location. The UN mission in DRC (MONUSCO) blames ADF rebels for the indiscriminate killings in the region, where nearly 650 people have been killed since October, 2014.

Three humanitarian workers kidnapped near Goma

Three humanitarian aid workers from the Caritas-Congo aid organisation were kidnapped by alleged members of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) on Tuesday. The organisation's communications officer told the AFP that: “Two vehicles of the Caritas Congo were attacked at Misinga and three Congolese workers were kidnapped during the ambush." One German journalist was wounded in the leg when the assailants opened fire at the second vehicle as it fled the scene. The FDLR is mainly stationed in eastern DRC's areas of North and South Kivu, where they are accused of carrying out multiple crimes against civilians.

Ugandan rebels kill 30 in eastern DRC

Suspected Ugandan rebels from the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) have killed at least 36 people in north-eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.  The DRC army claimed gunmen attacked the village of Rwangoma, 5km from Beni, on Saturday evening.  The population of Beni "has once again been hit by terrorist acts of diverse origins whose objective is to sabotage the efforts at peace undertaken over the last two years," said Julien Paluku.

Civilians killed in North Kivu province

At least 12 people were killed in several locations across DRC's North Kivu province on Sunday evening. The local Congolese Army spokesman, Cpt. William Ndjike, claimed that the attack, which targeted government forces and villages, was executed by members of the Hutu-ethnic Mai-Mai militia. The area most affected was Kiribizi, where seven civilians lost their lives. Cpt. Ndjike also stated that over 150 houses were burned down, forcing local residents to flee the area.

Rebel forces kill eight in eastern DRC

Ethnic militias have killed at least eight civilians amid inter-communal violent in Kibirizi, eastern DRC. Local activist, Innocent Gasigwa, told Reuters that Nande ethnic Mai-Mai Mazembe militia were behind the attack. Gasigwa also said that the incident seems to be in retaliation for the Hutu ethnic Rwandophone community in the area, who are the alleged killers of more than seven civilians in an attack targeting Nande residents last month in Rutshuru. The North Kivu region is located near the border with Uganda and Rwanda, where groups such as the Mai-Mai Mazembe militia and Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) fully operate cross-border.

Security forces shoot man dead near Kinshasa

Amid the rising political tensions across DRC, one man has been shot dead by security forces in Limete on the outskirts of Kinshasa. According to reports a man riding a motorcycle was killed, sparking anger from activists of the Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS).  A UDPS activist told the AFP that the rider was targeted because he "was wearing a t-shirt bearing the image of UDPS leader Tshisekedi". The rising protests and unrest in DRC have been triggered by a ruling by the country's Constitutional Court in May that President Joseph Kabila could remain in office in a caretaker capacity beyond the end of his mandate.

DRC troops clash with Ugandan rebels in Oicha

At least seven people have been killed in clashes between Congolese troops and suspected Ugandan rebels in Oicha in eastern DRC.  “Clashes between FARDC (Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo) and the ADF [Allied Democratic Forces] have resulted in three dead among the assailants, two FARDC soldiers and two civilians were killed including a teacher,” Lieutenant Mak Hazukay, spokesman of the army in the region told AFP on Sunday.  The ADF are a Ugandan rebel group who have operated in eastern DRC since the 1990s.

Tens of thousands rally against President Kabila

Tens of thousands of people took part in a rally against DRC President Joseph Kabila in Kinshasa on Sunday.  The protesters were demanding that Kabila step down in November when his mandate ends, and not alter the constitution to remove term limits.  Many of the demonstrators are supporters of coalition leader Etienne Tshisekedi, who returned to the country on Thursday after spending two years in Belgium.

Six demonstrators arrested in Bunia

Six members of the Citizen Front 2016 have been arrested during a demonstration in Bunia, north-eastern DRC. The six were taken to the premises of the National Intelligence Agency (ANR) for further questioning. The Citizen Front 2016 condemned the arrests and stated that the government is failing to fulfil its promises to ease the country's political repression and to engage in open dialogue. The city's mayor, Ferdinand Fimbo, denied that the order to arrest was given to the ANR; however he claimed that the suspects were disrupting the public order. The Citizen Front 2016 is a recent coalition of opposition parties and civil society groups formed ahead the DRC elections, schedule to be held in November.

Opposition leader returns to DRC after two years

The 83-year-old opposition leader, Etiennes Tshisekedi, has returned to the DRC after two years in Belgium where he has been receiving medical treatment. Hundreds of his supporters gathered at Kinshasa airport to welcome him, many claiming Tshisekedi is the "solution of all the problems". Tshisekedi is the main opponent of President Joseph Kabila, who is expected to amend the constitution to extend his rule for a third term. Tshisekedi was second in the contested 2011 elections against Kabila.

LRA kidnappings hit six-year high

Reports issued on Wednesday by monitoring groups stated that kidnappings in Central African Republic (CAR) have reached the highest level for six years. The Resolve and Invisible Children, groups that monitor the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) activities, reported that 498 people were abducted by the Ugandan militia between January and June, the majority of them in eastern CAR and northern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The LRA is originally from northern Uganda; however the militant group, headed by Joseph Kony, was ousted from the region nearly 10 years ago. It now operates in the poorly patrolled borders of CAR, DRC and South Sudan.

Civilians killed in eastern DRC attack

Seven people are feared to have been killed by a Hutu rebels in Rutshuru, eastern DRC. Local activists told Reuters on Tuesday that seven civilians were killed in a retaliatory attack, allegedly carried out by the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), which denied the involvement in the attack. The incident comes two weeks after nine civilians were killed by suspected Ugandan rebels in Oicha in North Kivu.

Nine civilians killed in eastern DRC

Nine civilians have been killed in an attack by suspected Ugandan rebels in eastern DRC.  Lieutenant Hazukay Mak, spokesman for the Congolese army, said the incident happened in the town of Oicha in North Kivu overnight on Monday.  The assailants snuck into the village, around 30km north of Beni, at night and killed villagers using machetes and other crude weapons.

Dozens of ADF rebels killed in eastern DRC

A joint operation carried out by the armed forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the UN mission in the country, MONUSCO, led to the death of 42 Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) members. Among the casualties are the leader of the group, Hood Lukwago, who was killed along with other rebels during an offensive in the eastern part of the country. The operation 'Usalama' was launched in mid-May by both forces to clear the area around Beni from the ADF insurgency.

Former DRC leader jailed over war crimes

DR Congo's former rebel leader, Jean-Pierre Bemba, has been jailed for 19 years for war crimes and sexual violence at the International Criminal Court (ICC).  The landmark conviction comes for crimes committed in neighbouring Central African Republic (CAR) between 2002 and 2003.  He sent 1,500 troops into CAR to prevent a coup against then President Ange-Felix Patasse.  The ruling said his troops had carried out "sadistic" rapes, murders and pillaging of "particular cruelty."

DR Congo declares yellow fever epidemic

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has declared a yellow fever epidemic after recording 67 new cases of the disease.  The announcement covers the Kinshasa, Kongo Centra and Kwango provinces.  Last week the World Health Organisation (WHO) advised reducing yellow fever vaccine doses to avoid a global shortage.  Yellow fever is transmitted by the same mosquitoes that spread the Zika and dengue viruses.

Military operations intensify in North Kivu

Congolese troops killed at least 23 suspected rebels in the restive eastern region of North Kivu last week as part of Operation Sokola.  The joint DRC-UN operations came after recent rebel attacks left 30 people in the Beni region.  Local residents accuse the government of lacking the political will to end the insurgency in the region.  “We live in abject fear after the horrible massacre recently. We have been unable to carry out our daily activities as usual, and we spend our nights outdoors for fear that our houses will be burned while we are asleep," said a local resident.

Two killed amid violent protests in Goma

Two people were killed during violent protests in Goma, eastern DRC on Thursday. According to a United Nations (UN) official, one police officer was stoned to death by protesters, while a demonstrator was shot dead and two others were injured during an anti-government rally. The incident comes almost a week after demonstrators stormed Goma's streets to protest over the inefficiency of the government and UN forces to prevent massacres in the region.

Arrest warrant issued for opposition leader

DRC authorities have issued an arrest warrant for Moise Katumbi, leader of the People's Party for Reconstruction and Democracy (PPRD), accused of involvement in the recruitment of mercenary forces. The order comes one week after Katumbi was questioned by prosecutors at the Lubumbashi court house, where hundreds of supporters surrounded the building, triggering violent clashes with the police. Katumbi is the main opposition candidate against President Joseph Kabila, who has been accused of trying to hold on to power despite constitutional limits.

Four protesters arrested in eastern DRC

Four people have been arrested during an anti-government protest in eastern DRC.  A small group gathered outside the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) headquarters in Goma to protest against the failure of the government and the UN to prevent massacres in the region, with more than 500 people killed in violence since 2014.  The UN human rights office said the group were protesting peacefully when police attacked them with batons.

Hundreds surround courthouse in Lubumbashi

Hundreds of people surrounded the courthouse in Lubumbashi, DRC's second largest city, to protest in support of the leader of the opposition, Moise Katumbi. He was summoned by the court to make a statement regarding his alleged involvement in contracts with foreign mercenaries. Violence erupted when the police perimeter was compromised and guards used tear gas to disperse the demonstrators. Katumbi is the main opposition candidate against his former ally, President Joseph Kabila, who has been battling to remain in power despite constitutional term limits.

Opposition candidate's house surrounded by police

Businessman Moise Katumbi had his house surrounded by police on Thursday, one day after announcing his candidacy in the presidential elections, which are due to be held in November. Katumbi accepted an offer to represent an opposition coalition that includes the G7, the Collectif des Nationalists, and the Alternance pour la Republique parties, who combined present the biggest challenge to incumbent President Joseph Kabila. Kabila has been president since 2001 and is required by the constitution to step down when his second mandate expires towards the end of this year, although critics claim the government has a different interpretation of the constitution.

ADF militants kill 17 in North Kivu

At least 17 people were killed by suspected Allied Democractic Forces (ADF) militants on Tuesday. Fighters from the ADF, an Ugandan rebel group, raided the villages of Minibo and Mutsonge, near Beni town, North Kivu province, in eastern DR Congo. "The U.N. mission is deploying a fact-finding mission to gather more details about this horrific incident," said Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for the U.N. Secretary General.  Around 1,500 people fled to Ituri province following the deadly raids.

Three ICRC workers kidnapped in eastern DRC

Three aid workers from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) have been kidnapped in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).  The Congolese nationals were travelling to work in Rutshuru when they went missing around 09:00 local time.  In March three Save the Children staff members were abducted and held for seven days in Lubero in North Kivu.

Police fire tear gas at protesters in Katango

DRC police have fired tear gas at protesters in the south-eastern province of Katanga.  Around 5,000 people gathered outside the provincial headquarters of the National Union of Federalists of Congo (UNAFEC) on Wednesday morning to call for President Joseph Kabila to abandon his plans to run for a third-term later this year.  Police arrested four people during the unrest in the Lubumbashi.

Five humanitarian workers kidnapped in Rutshuru

Five humanitarian workers were kidnapped by armed men near the borders with Rwanda and Uganda on Sunday. The victims, workers from the US-based NGO Mercy Corps, were abducted in Rutshuru, North Kivu, as they were returning from Nyanzale to their base in Bwalanda. According to locals, the kidnappers are members of the Mai-Mai Nyatura militia, integrated into the Congolese Army (FADRC) in 2012. The kidnappers have reportedly demanded a ransom of $10k per person.

Yellow fever outbreak kills 21 in DRC

An outbreak of yellow fever has killed at least 21 people in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), according to the World Health Organization (WHO).  There were 151 suspected cases between January and March, and the WHO said there is a "serious risk of further spread of the disease".  The WHO said the increase in cases was linked to an outbreak in neighbouring Angola.

Rebels clash with DRC troops in South Kivu

Four government soldiers and 12 suspected rebels have been killed in clashes in the eastern South Kivu province.  Army spokesman Captain Guillaume Djike said troops clashed with the Rwandan FDLR and two factions of the Mai Mai rebel group over three days.  The fighting took place in Mpati, around 100km south-west of the provincial capital Goma.

Three aid workers abducted in North Kivu

Unidentified gunmen have abducted three Congolese aid workers in DRC's eastern North Kivu province. The victims, who worked for the international non-profit organization Save the Children, were attacked in the Lubero region and taken to an unknown location.  “They were taken into the bushes and right now, we do not have any information regarding their whereabouts or demands of the kidnappers,” said Heather Kerr, DRC Director of the Save the Children.  During 2015, more than 175 people were kidnapped in the region.

Two villagers dead in Beni attacks

At least two civilians have been killed in an attack by suspected Ugandan rebels near the eastern city of Beni.  "The village of Ntombi in Beni territory was the scene of an attack by ADF (Allied Democratic Forces). Two bodies have just been found," local administrator Kalonda Amisi told the AFP.  More than 400 people were reportedly killed by the ADF in eastern DRC in 2015.

Opposition leader detained over protest calls

An opposition leader was briefly detained in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Sunday.  Martin Fayulu was arrested by security agents at the headquarters of his ECIDE party in Kinshasa.  The arrest came hours after Fayulu called for a general strike on Tuesday against President Joseph Kabila.  Fayulu's lawyer said his client had been beaten in custody and is considering taking legal action.

Ugandan rebels attack troops in eastern DRC

Ugandan Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels carried out an attack on an army camp and UN peacekeepers in eastern DRC on Wednesday.  Local media reported that at least eight people were killed in the raid, which happened near the village of Opira.  On Tuesday a helicopter from the UN Mission for Stabilization of Congo (MONUSCO) was damaged by rebel fire in the same area.

Fourteen people killed by alleged Rwandan rebels in North Kivu

On the night of January 6, 14 people were killed in an attack that has been attributed to rebels from neighbouring Rwanda. The Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), a Hutu group regularly accused of crimes against civilians in the area, are believed to have carried out the attack in Miriki, about 110km north of Goma. The death toll has been confirmed by military sources.

Four killed in rebel attack in eastern DRC

Four people have been killed in an attack blamed on Ugandan rebels in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).  Members of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) allegedly attacked the town of Oicha in North Kivu province on Sunday.  A local official said DRC troops repelled the rebels following a three-hour gunbattle.

Ugandan rebels kill 12 in DRC raids

At least 12 people have been killed in an attack by suspected Ugandan rebels in north-eastern DRC. "I saw four civilians killed by bullets... and seven patients and a nurse cut up by machete at the hospital," a regional official told the AFP news agency from North Kivu province. A local NGO claimed the actual death toll was 30, including eight Congolese soldiers and one member of the UN mission in DRC - MONUSCO. The Ugandan rebel group, the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), have been blamed for the assault in the Ruwenzori mountains.

Police clash with student protesters in Kinshasa

Police in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have fired tear gas at student protesters in the capital, Kinshasa.  Hundreds of people gathered on the Avenue de la Liberation to protest against rises in state university tuition fees, which are due to increase from $320 to $435. "We wanted to demonstrate to attract the attention of the authorities," a student who did not want to be named told Reuters. "The police fired on us with tear gas and live fire. Is this how [President Joseph Kabila] plans on staying in power after 2016?"

Local NGO workers kidnapped in North Kivu

A group of 14 local NGO workers have been kidnapped in the eastern North Kivu province of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The group, who were working as part of the World Food Programme, were abducted by unknown assailants in Katwiguru, around 120km from Goma.  Local officials suspect the Rwandan Hutu rebel group the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) of carrying out the attack.

Civilians killed in FRPI attack in Irumu

At least two people have been killed in attacks by the Front for Patriotic Resistance in Ituri (FRPI) in the Irumu region of DRC.  One person died in the Walendu Bindi chiefdom, while another fatality was reported after a group of 20 militia fighters raided local villages in Bunga.  Meanwhile heavy fighting has continued between the Armed Forces of the DRC (FARDC) and the Ugandan rebel group Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) in North Kivu.

Two militias agree peace deal in DRC

Two ethnic groups have signed a peace agreement in the Democratic Republic of Congo, aimed at bringing an end to the wave of violence which has killed hundreds and displaced tens of thousands in the south-east of the country since 2013.  Leaders of the Luba and the Twa agreed the deal in the town of Kalemie earlier this week.

Ugandan rebels carry out deadly raid near Beni

One person has been killed, three wounded and two others abducted during an attack by suspected Ugandan rebels near the eastern city of Beni.  Military officials in DRC said the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebel group carried out the raid on Oicha on Sunday night.  The group are reported to have carried out a number of ambushes on the N4 highway north of the city of Beni.

Villagers flee violence in Irumu territory

Hundreds of villagers have fled violence and abuses by the Front for Patriotic Resistance of Ituri (FPRI) in the Irumu territory in northern DRC.  Militiamen raided the villages of Alingba and Aveba on 28 September, wounding at least one person and ransacking dozens of homes.

Six killed in army base attack in North Kivu

At least six people have been killed in an attack on a military camp in North Kivu province.  Three soldiers and three soldiers' wives died in the assault on the camp at Rumangabo, around 50km north of Goma.  The unknown assailants also escaped with heavy weapons, according to an army source.

Violent clashes at opposition rally in Kinshasa

On September 15, an opposition rally in Kinshasa, with about 3,000 people in attendance, was attacked by unidentified youths who pelted demonstrators with stones. One of the presumed attackers was beaten violently by young rally participants. The rally was aimed at opposing any unconstitutional bid by current President Joseph Kabila from attempting to run for a third term in upcoming elections on November 27, 2016. 

Seven soldiers killed in northeast DRC

Seven Congolese soldiers were killed on Thursday night in a surprise attack by heavily armed militants, believed to be Ugandan Islamist rebels. Attackers carrying guns and bladed weapons targeted a camp run by the Congolese army near the town of Mbau. Seven soldiers were killed and four others were wounded. Two civilians and four attackers are reported to have also been killed in the attack. 

At least seven civilians killed in Ugandan rebel attack

At least seven civilians have been killed in an attack by the Allied Democratic Forces-National Army for the Liberation of Uganda (ADF-NALU), near Mbau, Kivu province, in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). However, a local NGO, the Beni-based Study Centre for the Promotion of Peace, Democracy and Human Rights puts the death toll at nine. The attack happened in an area without a presence from government troops, and where many people have been evacuated because of the ADF-NALU threat.

Six soldiers killed in ambush

Six soldiers have been killed in the North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This is a region where Rwandan Hutu rebels are known to operate. The attack took place between 07.00 and 08.00 GMT, and occurred in Rugari, about 50km north of Goma, the provincial capital. " A Republican Guard jeep was ambushed in Rugari," said Justin Mukanya, adminstrator of Rutshuru territory. "Six soldiers were killed by a rocket in the ambush," he said. The identities of the attackers are not yet known, but an investigation is reportedly underway. An intelligence officer based at the military's regional headquarters in Goma confirmed the deaths of the six soldiers.

Congo measles outbreak infects at least 20,000

A measles outbreak in a southeastern province of the Democratic Republic of Congo has killed more than 300 people and infected at least 20,000, according to a preliminary United Nations report. The outbreak is still expanding, and hundreds more in remote areas may have died without their deaths being recorded. 

Mass rape in the Republic of Congo

UK Foreign Office Minister David Lidington has spoken after reports of mass rape in the DRC. He said "I am shocked and appalled bu the recently reported mass rape of over 150 women and children by armed militia groups in the Walikale territory in eastern DRC.... I welcome the decision of the UN Secretary General to send two senior officials to investigate the incident and take charge of the UN response. I understand that MONUSCO have already increased their patrols and civilian protection measures in the area. I call upon the Government of DRC to enact their zero tolerance policy on human rights abusers and bring the perpetrators to justice."

At least 3 killed in eastern Congo earthquake

At least three people have been killed when a 5.6 magnitude earthquake struck eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Two of the fatalities were children, who died in a house in Bukavu, and the third was a police officer near the airport. Sources in Bukavu said the toll could rise slightly but there was no widespread evidence of destruction in the town. 

Six Imams kidnapped by Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda

Rebels from the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) are believed to have kidnapped six Tanzanian Muslim imams and their driver in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The abduction by suspected militants linked to the group occurred between the villages of Katwiguru and Rutshura, after the imams preached in parts of North Kivu. The kidnappers contacted the Islamic community in Goma, eastern Congo, and asked for a $40,000 random for the release of the hostages. 

Gunmen attack Goma airport in eastern DRC

Gunmen have attacked Goma airport in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), leaving four government soldiers and three assailants dead. "Bandits got inside the airport area to try to steal from depots (storing goods) waiting to be loaded on to cargo planes," the governor of the restless North Kivu province, Julien Paluku, told AFP. "Fortunately the army was there."

Rebel attacks spark protests in eastern DRC

Hundreds of people have joined protests in the eastern town of Beni after suspected Ugandan rebels killed at least six people.  Riot police fired live rounds in the air to disperse the crowds, who are angry at the lack of security in the restive region.  The Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a Ugandan rebel group which is active in eastern DRC, have been blamed for the attack on a village on Monday evening.

UN peacekeepers killed in DRC ambush

Two United Nations peacekeepers from Tanzania have been killed and 13 others wounded in an ambush near the eastern town of Beni, close to the Ugandan border.  They were attacked in the village of Kikiki by the suspected Ugandan Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) on Tuesday. "I won't tolerate any more of these repeated attacks against blue helmets in Beni territory," said Martin Kobler, head of the UN mission Monusco. "Monusco will carry out robust offensive operations."

Three UN workers kidnapped in eastern DRC

Three members of the United Nations peacekeeping mission have been kidnapped in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. "Three members of MONUSCO (the 20,000-strong UN peacekeeping force)... have been kidnapped in Kibumba", around 30km north of the provincial capital Goma, a UN source told the AFP.  It was reported that the two Congolese and a Zimbabwean were working on a de-mining project.

Pro-democracy activists arrested in Goma

At least 11 pro-democracy activists have been arrested in the eastern city of Goma.  The group were protesting against the detention of several other people at a rally in the capital, Kinshasa, on Sunday.  DRC's government has accused the activists, including Senegalese and Burkinabe nationals, of plotting an US-backed insurgency.  The Belgian embassy said two of its nationals were assaulted during the latest arrests.

Congolese army gains in offensive against rebels

Government spokesperson stated that the Congolese army has killed 14 rebels and captured 102 others in its offensive in the east of the country, announcing territorial gains. The offensive was launched nearly a week ago after rebels belonging to the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) failed to honour a deadline to disarm.

Army launches offensive against Rwandan rebels

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) army has launched an offensive against Rwandan Hutu rebels in the east of the country.  Military sources said the operation against the FDLR (Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda) began on Tuesday near the city of Uvira in South Kivu province.  Ministers had pledged to target the FDLR after they failed to meet a deadline to disarm.

UN troops pull out of DRC operation

The United Nations (UN) has withdrawn its support for a planned offensive against rebels from the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR).  A UN official said the decision was made after the government refused to sack two generals accused of human rights abuses. "We intend to fully support the FDLR operations as soon as the outstanding issues regarding command of the operations are resolved," said the official.

Schools close in Kinshasa as protests continue

The Roman Catholic Church has closed its schools in the Democratic Republic of Congo's capital, Kinshasa, as protests against President Joseph Kabila continue.  Banks and other private business have also shutdown in the city, while some television stations have been shutdown by the government.  At least 20 people have been killed in three days of unrest, which was sparked by Mr Kabila's proposed electoral law which will allow him to stay in power beyond his current term.

Police open fire during Kinshasa protest

Police have opened fire during a demonstration in DRC's capital, Kinshasa, wounding two students.  Thousands gathered to join a protest organised by opposition groups against proposed election reforms that would extend President Joseph Kabila's mandate beyond 2016.  Security forces sealed off the parliament building while police fired tear gas at crowds at Victory Square in the centre of the city.

Ugandan rebels kill 30 in Beni raid

Suspected Ugandan rebels have killed at least 30 people during a raid near the eastern town of Beni.  The army blamed the latest attack on the village of Oicha on the Allied Democratic Forces and National Army for the Liberation of Uganda (ADF-NALU).  More than 200 people have been killed in the region in recent weeks.

Massacre near Ugandan border leaves 50 dead

At least 50 people have been killed in a massacre near the eastern border with Uganda.  A group of attackers armed with machetes and axes carried out the assault around 10km from the town of Beni where UN peacekeepers are stationed.  The government blamed the Ugandan rebel group the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) for the assault.

Army clashes with Ugandan rebels near Beni

The Congolese army has clashed with suspected Ugandan rebels near the town of Beni in north-eastern DRC.  The Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) are believed to have been behind a series of attacks in the area in recent weeks which have left at least 110 people dead since last month.  Hundreds of local residents took to the streets of Beni over the weekend to protest against the escalating violence.

Dozens killed in eastern DRC attacks

At least 80 people are reported to have been killed in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo over the past 10 days.  Over the weekend more than 20 people, mostly women and children, were killed by militants in the village of Eringeti, close to the Ugandan border.  A similar raid on Thursday left 26 people dead in the area, which a local rights group claim was carried out by the Ugandan rebel group, the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF).  On Saturday night armed men also raided a prison in the town of Butembo, releasing hundreds of prisoners.

Surrendered fighters die of starvation in DRC

More than 100 demobilized fighters and their families have died from starvation and disease at a remote military camp in north-west Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), according to Human Rights Watch (HRW). “The Congolese government’s neglect of these former fighters and their families is criminal,” said Ida Sawyer, senior HRW Congo researcher. “Before more people die, the government should immediately move them to a place where they have food and health care and are treated with basic human decency.”  Defence Minister Alexandre Luba Ntambo said the claims were irresponsible, blaming international donors for failing to deliver aid.

Anti-Kabila protesters rally in Kinshasa

Around 2,000 people took to the streets of Kinshasa on Saturday to protest against President Joseph Kabila's attempts to remove constitutional term limits and remain in power.  The rally, which was organised by several opposition parties, chanted "Kabila Must Go" as they marched to a stadium in the north of the capital.  Mr Kabila is currently half way through his second term in office and under the constitution is due to step down in 2016.

Kidnapped MSF doctor freed in DRC

A doctor from the charity Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF) has been released more than a year after she was kidnapped in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.  Chantal Kaghoma was freed along with four other people following clashes between their captors, the Ugandan rebel group Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), and the regular Congolese army.

Ebola deaths confirmed in DRC

The DR Congo's health ministry has confirmed that two people have died from the deadly Ebola virus.  Felix Kabange Numbi said that the cases were reported in the north-west Equateur province where dozens of people have died in an outbreak of hemorrhagic gastroenteritis in recent weeks.  Mr Numbi said that the virus was a different strain of Ebola from the one spreading across West Africa, where it has killed more than 1,600 people.

Heavy gunfire erupts at Kinshasa barracks

Heavy gunfire has been reported at a military barracks in the capital, Kinshasa, after the presidential guard repelled an attack by a group of "infiltrators".  The government said that Camp Tshatshi is now under control following the attack, although the identity of the assailants has not been confirmed. 

Heavy fighting reported along Rwanda-DRC border

At least five Congolese soldiers have been killed during clashes between DRC and Rwandan troops along the two countries shared border.  According to local reports the fighting began when Rwandan soldiers crossed the border in North Kivu and abducted a Congolese army corporal.  Both countries, which have been odds since the 1994 Rwandan genocide, have blamed each other for the latest clashes.

Dozens killed in ethnic clashes

At least 37 people have been killed during ethnic clashes in the eastern region of South Kivu over the weekend.  The region's interior minister said the attack was likely a revenge killing over cattle raids in the area.  All of the victims were reported to be from the Bafuliru tribe.

Four dead in mass jailbreak

At least four people have been killed during a mass jailbreak in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).  More than 300 people broke out from the prison in Bukavu when inmates overpowered guards in the early hours of Friday morning.

Deadly stampede in Kinshasa kills 15

At least 15 football fans have been killed and 20 others wounded in a stampede at a football stadium in the Democratic Republic of Congo's capital, Kinshasa.  According to officials a group of angry fans began harassing four police officers, who responded by firing tear gas into the crowd, causing widespread panic.

Stampede at music festival kills 14 in Kikwit

At least 14 people have been killed in a stampede at a music festival in the town of Kikwit.  Large crowds had gathered at the festival, which was being held as a tribute to the popular Congoloese singer King Kester Emeneya, who died in Paris earlier this year. "A rush due to the enthusiasm of the audience, who came in large numbers to watch events marking the first edition of the festival…led to the death of people and damage to property", said the provincial government in a statement.

Director of Virunga National Park shot in ambush

The director of the Virunga National Park has been shot and wounded during an ambush in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).  Emmanuel de Merode, a Belgian conservationalist, was shot four times on the road between the park's headquarters in Rumangabo and Goma by suspected rebel fighters.  He is now in a stable but critical condition at Goma's Heal Africa hospital.

Journalist dies from gunshot wounds in DRC

A Congolese journalist has died from gunshot wounds that he sustained during a shootout between troops and Ugandan rebels in North Kivu.  Germain Kennedy Mumbere Muliwavyo, a reporter from the private Radio Television Muungano, was travelling with the Congolese troops when they were ambushed by gunmen from the Allied Democratic Forces rebel group.  Two other journalists were wounded in the attack, which occurred near the village of Kamango.

Dozens executed in the eastern DRC

More than 70 people have been executed by armed groups in the restive eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) according to a report by the UN peacekeeping force MONUSCO.  A spokesman for the mission said that the attacks took place in the Nyamaboko villages in the north-eastern province of North Kivu in late January and early February.

Four killed in clashes at DRC national park

Four people have been killed and two seriously wounded during clashes between national park rangers and suspected Rwandan rebels in eastern DRC.  In a statement the Virunga national park said that one of its rangers and three fighters from the FDLR rebel group died in a gun battle over the weekend.

Government troops clash with rebels in Lubumbashi

At least 26 people have been killed in clashes between government forces and rebels in the southern city of Lubumbashi.  Police said that the fighting, which reportedly lasted for more than eight hours, was launched by the separatist Mai Mai Kata Katanga rebel group.

Troops regain control of Kinshasa from gunmen

Government troops have regained control of the capital, Kinshasa, after unknown gunmen stormed the state TV headquarters and the city's airport.  A government spokesman said that 40 attackers have been killed during the operation.  Earlier the gunmen released a message on TV against President Joseph Kabila on behalf of a religious leader, Paul Joseph Mukungubila, who ran unsuccessfully for the presidency in 2006.

Heavy fighting kills 40 in North Kivu

At least 40 people have been killed after rebels attacked a village in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.  Members of the ADF-NALU rebel group targeted Kamango, close to the border with Uganda, killing villagers and destroying several houses.  Peacekeepers from the MONUSCO mission later targeted rebel positions in the area, leading to the deaths of nine soldiers and 10 rebels.

Villagers killed in North Kivu attacks

The UN have said that at least 21 people, including women and children, have been found dead in eastern DRC.  Martin Kobler, head of the MONUSCO mission, said that the victims had been hacked to death over the weekend in two villages close to the town of Beni in the North Kivu province.  It is not clear who carried out the attacks, but the UN mission said the atrocities would "not go unpunished".

Government signs peace deal with M23 rebels

The Democratic Republic of Congo's government has signed a peace deal with the M23 rebel group in the Kenyan capital Nairobi.  Government spokesman Lambert Mende said that agreement included provisions for the dissolution of the M23 as an armed group.  The rebels suffered a number of defeats in October at the hands of UN-backed government troops in the east of the country.

UN peacekeepers target FDLR rebels

UN peace keeping troops have launched an offensive against a Rwandan Hutu rebel group in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.  "MONUSCO's intervention brigade launched operations against the FDLR (Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda) yesterday, Tuesday, in Kalembe, in the Masisi region," the mission said in a statement.

DRC, rebels disagree over peace accord title

The Democratic Republic of Congo's government and M23 rebel group have reached an 11th-hour stalemate during a ceremony to formally their 18-month conflict.  The country's information minister, Lambert Mende, said that the two sides disagreed over whether the document should be entitled a peace agreement of a vaguer declaration.

M23 rebels declare an end to insurgency

The M23 rebel group has declared an end to its 20-month insurgency, hours after government forces drove the militants from their last hilltop positions in Tshanzu and Runyoni.  The rebels said that they would now adopt "purely political means" and urged its fighters prepare for "disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration on terms to be agreed with the government of Congo".

M23 rebel group call for a ceasefire

The M23 rebel group have called for a ceasefire in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo after the army forced them out of their last major stronghold.  The government have not yet responded to the ceasefire and fighting is still being reported in the area.  Last week troops recaptured the border town of Bunagana, forcing dozens of rebels to flee to neighbouring Uganda.

Army seize final M23 stronghold

Congolese troops have captured the eastern border town of Bunagana, the last significant stronghold of the M23 rebel group.  A large military force entered the town with very little resistance after rebels and civilians fled in anticipation of the military operation.  More than 50 M23 rebels reportedly fled into the Kisoro district of western Uganda, many of them handing themselves in to Uganda troops.

Fresh fighting reported between DRC troops and M23 rebels

Heavy fighting has erupted between the army and members of the M23 rebel group in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.  The clashes took place around 25km north of the city of Goma, and comes after peace talks in the Ugandan capital Kampala broke down following two months of negotiations.

UN peacekeeper killed near Goma

A United Nations peacekeeper has been killed and three others wounded during clashes with M23 rebels near Goma in eastern DRC.  In recent days the UN forces have been targeting rebel positions in Kanyaruchinya and Mutaho, north of Goma, with artillery fire and air strikes. 

Thousands flee DRC after rebel attacks

Some 30,000 people have fled DR Congo after the Ugandan rebel group The Allied Democratic Forces raided the eastern town of Kamango at the end of last week.  Elsewhere the M23 rebel group have been engaged in heavy fighting with army forces near the city of Goma.

Clashes reported during protests in Bukavu

At least 41 people are reported to have been wounded during clashes in the Nguba neighbourhood of Bukavu in South Kivu.  Members of the Banyamulenge community were reportedly attacked by a group of students before police were dispatched to restore order in the area.

M23 rebels clash with government troops outside Goma

Heavy fighting has been reported in eastern DR Congo between government soldiers and fighters from the M23 rebel group.  The clashes, which occurred 12km north of Goma in Kivu province, are the first to take place between the two sides since the rebels withdrew from the region last year.  The fighting comes as a new 3,000 UN-backed African peacekeeping force are arriving in the country tasked with dealing with the M23, a move which the group have described as a declaration of war.

Army base attack leaves 31 dead in eastern DRC

At least 31 people have been killed after gunmen attacked an army base in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.  The Mai Mai fighters and DRC army fought a two-hour gun battle at the recruitment centre near the town of Beni in North Kivu province.

UN peacekeeper killed in South Kivu attack

A Pakistani peacekeeper working for the United Nations has been killed in an ambush in the eastern South Kivu province.  A spokesman for the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that the attack had been carried out by "unknown assailants".

Democratic Republic Of Congo Data Sheet

Population:
75.5 million
Major Religion/s:
Christianity, Islam
International dialing code:
+243
International dialing prefix:
00
Emergency services:
None currently in operation
Drives:
Right
Voltage:
220V
Climate:
Tropical
Ohter Major Cities:
Lubumbashi, Mbuji-Mayi, Kolwezi, Kisangani
Borders:
Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Sudan, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia, Angola, South Sudan