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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 elections 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. Tensions increased between the two sides throughout 2020, culminating in the resignation of Prime Minister Sylvestre Ilunga Ilunkamba, an ally of Kabila, in January 2021. Tshisekedi replaced him with Sama Lukonde Kyenge. The next election in the DRC will be in 2023.

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 is 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 targeted health workers and medical centres in North and South Kivu, hindering the response to the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus. In February 2021 the Italian ambassador to DRC was killed in an attack on a MONUSCO convoy outside Goma.

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. The Cooperative for the Development of Congo (CODECO) militia has also conducted multiple attacks against civilians in Ituri. The government declared a ‘State of Siege’ in the eastern provinces of Ituri and North Kivu on 6 May 2021. Military administrations will replace civilian administrations in the provinces affected until further notice. The new military administration has been granted extended security powers, and subsequently, there is potential for an increase in armed conflict in the region going forward. The security situation in the country is very volatile and the conflict between government forces and armed groups is ongoing. Regularly review your contingency plans and be ready to leave the country at short notice.

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. Also don’t walk alone in Kinshasa, even during the day. There have also been reports of increasingly violent attacks on foreign nationals in Goma in the restive province of North Kivu.

Mount Nyiragongo volcano, which is close to the city of Goma, erupted on 22 May 2021. You can follow the latest information about the volcano on the website of GeoRiskA. You should follow the advice of the local authorities. The DRC authorities put an evacuation order in place for the following districts of Goma: Majengo, Bujovu, Virunga, Mapendo, Kayembe, Mabanga Nord, Mabanga South, Murara, Mikeno and Le Volcan, but have since announced a progressive return of displaced persons on 7 June 2021.

The DRC is among a number of countries worldwide that have been hit by the global outbreak of the Covid-19 coronavirus. The latest case figures can be viewed here.

News articles

By Tommy Hodgson

Congolese journalist brutally killed

Heritier Magayane, a journalist who worked for the state-owned Radio-Television Nationale Congolaise (RTNC), was killed on Saturday 7 August, 2021.

By UN News

Journalist killed in Democratic Republic of Congo

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.

By AFP

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.

By Associated Press via Washington Post

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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Alerts for Democratic Republic Of The Congo

M23 rebels refuse to withdraw from Bunagana

The M23 rebel group said on Thursday that it will not withdraw from Bunagana until the government agrees to honest peace talks. The comments from the M23 come days after heads of state from the East African Community (EAC) approved the deployment of a regional force to fight armed groups in eastern DRC. The EAC also called for rebel groups to "[withdraw] from positions recently taken", referring to the M23's capture of Bunagana. In response, M23 spokesperson Major Willy Ngoma said that the rebels would not move. The rebels took control of the strategic town bordering Uganda on 13 June after clashes with the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC). The resurgence of the rebel group has caused relations between the DRC and Rwanda to deteriorate, as the DRC has accused Rwanda of supporting the rebels. Rwanda has denied the allegations.

Eight hostages freed from ADF militants in Beni

Eight people taken hostage by Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels were freed in Beni, North Kivu on Wednesday. The hostages were freed during an operation carried out by the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) in the Mayimoya and Mabasele areas of Oicha. It is not clear how long the hostages were held by the ADF rebels. Efforts are underway to reunite the victims with their families. 

Five killed during clashes between M23 and FARDC in Rutshuru

Clashes were reported between the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) and M23 rebels in Rutshuru, North Kivu on Tuesday. Local sources say the M23 rebels launched two attacks against FARDC positions in Bikenke. Five civilians were killed in crossfire between the rebels and the soldiers. The fighting took place a day after separate attacks by M23 rebels were repelled in the villages of Karambi, Kitagomi, and Kitovu in Rutshuru. 

Four killed during ADF attack near Makisabo

Four people were killed during an attack by Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) militants near Makisabo in Beni, North Kivu on Tuesday. The militants carried out the attack at around 17:00 local time on the Beni-Kasindi road and reportedly set fire to three vehicles. The incident follows a separate attack in Oicha earlier on Tuesday by ADF militants which left three people dead. 

Three killed, several missing following ADF attack in Oicha

At least three people were killed and two others were injured during an attack by rebels of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) in Beni, North Kivu on Tuesday. The militants reportedly burned four houses during the attack, which was carried out in Oicha and repelled by troops of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC). Several civilians have gone missing after the incident and it has been reported that many residents have fled the city for fear of further violence.

Presidents of Rwanda and DRC meet in Nairobi

President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and President Félix Tshisekedi met in Nairobi on Monday along with their East African Community (EAC) counterparts to discuss the security situation in the DRC. The event is the first time both presidents have met since Kinshasa accused Kigali of supporting the M23, a rebel group that has carried out deadly attacks across North Kivu in recent weeks. Rwanda's government has repeatedly denied the allegations. The meeting was convened by EAC Chairman and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and follows the deployment of a regional EAC force in North Kivu to restore peace. The Congolese government has said it would not accept Rwanda's participation in the operation. 

M23 attack against MONUSCO position reported in North Kivu

On Sunday it was reported that at least six mortar rounds were fired during an attack by M23 rebels against a UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) position in Shangi, North Kivu. No casualties have been reported. According to MONUSCO, attacks targeting UN peacekeepers may constitute a war crime under international law. The mission has stated that it will continue to protect civilians and support regional and national efforts to promote peace and stability in the DRC. 

Congolese soldier killed on Rwandan border

The Rwandan army said on Friday that a Congolese soldier was killed following an exchange of fire at a border post in Goma, North Kivu. The soldier reportedly opened fire at the Ruvabu border post and was killed 25 metres into Rwandan territory after an exchange of fire with Rwandan soldiers. Rwanda's army confirmed the incident, stating that the soldier had crossed the border and started shooting at troops and civilians. Two Rwandan soldiers were injured in the confrontation, which is being investigated by military experts. Tensions between Rwanda and the DRC have escalated in recent weeks, with the DRC accusing the Rwandan government of supporting the M23 rebels. Recent protests in Goma have also signalled a growing anti-Rwanda sentiment in the DRC. 

Security officials recommend suspending agreements with Rwanda

Top security officials in the DRC have recommended that the government suspends all agreements and protocols with Rwanda. The recommendation comes as the Congolese government has accused Rwanda of supporting the M23, a rebel group that has been carrying out an insurgency in North Kivu. Rwanda has denied these allegations. A spokesperson for the Rwandan government said that they would "wait and see" if any decision was approved by the Congolese government. Among the agreements that could be suspended is a commercial deal signed between President Tshisekedi and Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame in June 2021 to ensure the traceability of gold in the DRC. Last month, the Congolese government suspended all RwandAir flights and summoned the Rwandan ambassador in response to the renewed violence by the M23. 

FARDC regain control of Bunagana

Local sources say that the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) retook control of the city of Bunagana on Thursday. The FARDC launched an assault on Bunagana in the early hours of the morning and recaptured the city after more than three hours of fierce fighting. The number of casualties has not been reported. Bunagana, a strategic city bordering Uganda, is a hub for cross-border trade. M23 rebels took control of the city on Monday amid renewed clashes with the FARDC and accusations by the Congolese government that Rwanda has been supporting the rebel group. Rwanda has denied these allegations. The Congolese government has designated the M23 as a terrorist group and has barred the group from peace negotiations. 

EAC to deploy troops in eastern DRC

The East African Community (EAC) will deploy troops to eastern DRC to restore security amid an increase in heavy fighting in the area. The announcement was made on Wednesday by Kenyan President and EAC Chairperson Uhuru Kenyatta, who called for an "immediate cessation of all hostilities for all armed groups, both foreign and local, to lay down arms immediately and unconditionally". The East African Regional Force will be deployed on 19 June to the regions of Ituri, North Kivu, and South Kivu and will work with resident UN forces to enforce peace. More than 100 local and foreign armed groups operate in eastern DRC. In recent months, clashes between the Congolese army and M23 rebels have intensified, displacing more than 80,000 people and presenting a security risk to neighbouring countries. The Congolese government has accused Rwanda of supporting the M23, but Kigali has repeatedly denied the accusations. 



Four killed, four injured during attack in Beni

Four civilians were killed and four others were injured during an attack by suspected militants of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) in Beni, North Kivu on Tuesday. The militants raided the village of Matombo at around 19:00 local time and reportedly burned six houses. A resurgence in attacks by ADF militants is occurring in Beni after a period of relative calm. Sources say that the increase in attacks is occurring as Congolese troops are focused on fighting M23 rebels in Rutshuru and Nyiragongo. 

Eight killed, six kidnapped during attack in Ituri

Eight people were killed and six others were kidnapped during two separate attacks in Djugu, Ituri on Tuesday. Local sources say that militants of the Cooperative for the Development of the Congo burned and looted property in the villages of Ndiridjo and Bandombo during the attack. Local community leaders have called on the Congolese government to accelerate the peace process with armed groups in Ituri. Many of the armed groups active in the area have reportedly indicated a willingness to demobilise. 

Clashes reported between FARDC and M23 in Rutshuru

The Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) thwarted an attack by M23 rebels in Rutshuru, North Kivu on Tuesday. The clashes erupted in Chengerero as Congolese troops have been working to retake control of the nearby strategic city of Bunagana, which was captured by M23 rebels on Monday. No casualties have been reported. 

One killed, two injured during clashes between ADF and FARDC in Beni

One person was killed and two others were injured during clashes between soldiers of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) and militants from the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) in Beni, North Kivu on Monday. The incident occurred in the afternoon local time in Mukoko village. Residents have fled the village amid the violence but reports say that FARDC troops have pushed the rebels out of the area. 

M23 rebels take control of Bunagana

M23 rebels reportedly took control of the city of Bunangana on Monday. The news comes one day after military officials in North Kivu claimed that Congolese troops had successfully pushed the rebels out of the city. Local reports say that the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) withdrew from the city to avoid collateral damage. Soldiers and civilians have reportedly fled to Uganda due to the fighting. Bunagana is a strategic city that is a hub for cross-border trade. The M23 last captured the city in 2012 and was pushed out by UN-backed government forces the following year. 

DRC accuses Rwanda of invasion

On Tuesday it was reported that officials in the DRC have accused the Rwandan army of invading its territory after allegedly helping M23 rebels take over the town of Bunagana in North Kivu. M23 rebels took control of the town on Monday following clashes with the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) that forced some government soldiers to flee to Uganda. In a statement, authorities in North Kivu said that the Rwandan army had "decided to violate the integrity of our territory and occupy the town of Bunagana". Rwanda has denied allegations that it is supporting the M23 and has called the crisis in North Kivu "an internal affair". Tensions between the DRC and Rwanda have escalated over the past several weeks as both countries accuse each other of cross-border shelling and supporting rebel groups. 

Thousands flee fighting in North Kivu

The UN says that more than 30,000 people fled their homes in Rutshuru, North Kivu on Sunday as fighting intensified between M23 rebels and the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC). Reports say that at least 5,000  have fled to Uganda and 25,000 others have sought refuge in the Rwanguba, Kabindi, and Kinoni arias of Rutshuru. Renewed clashes between the M23 and the FARDC erupted after M23 rebels reportedly surrounded the towns of Bunagana and Chengerero, prompting soldiers to fire at rebel positions. Both the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) and the M23 rebels have accused each other of instigating the fighting. The M23 has also claimed that it has taken control of Bunagana, but the FARDC says that they have pushed the rebels out of the town.


M23 rebels launch attack in North Kivu

Heavy fighting erupted in North Kivu after M23 rebels carried out an attack in Rutshuru on Sunday. Clashes were reported in Bunagana and Chengerero as the rebels surrounded the towns and Congolese army tanks fired at rebel positions. Both the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) and the M23 rebels have accused each other of instigating the fighting. The M23 has also claimed that it has taken control of Bunagana, but the FARDC says that they have pushed the rebels out of the town. No casualties have been reported but an M23 spokesperson stated that several FARDC soldiers have been killed. The M23 resumed fighting late last year after accusing the Congolese government of failing to uphold a 2009 peace agreement. The clashes have strained tensions between the DRC and Rwanda, with both governments trading accusations of supporting rebel groups active in North Kivu. 

Dozens of FARDC troops flee to Uganda amid fighting in Rutshuru

Dozens of soldiers from the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) have reportedly crossed into Uganda amid clashes with the M23. Reports on Monday stated that M23 rebels invaded the Congolese side of Bunagana, a border town, forcing soldiers to flee. A spokesman for the Ugandan army confirmed that soldiers were being received at army barracks on the Ugandan side of the town. The Ugandan side of Bunaganais is also hosting hundreds of civilians who have fled violence in Rutshuru, North Kivu over the past few days. Fighting between the FARDC and M23 rebels has intensified in the last several weeks. The Congolese government has designated the M23 as a terrorist group and has barred the group from peace negotiations. 

FARDC accuses Rwandan army of shelling in Rutshuru

The Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) has accused the Rwandan army of cross-border shelling that hit a school in Rutshuru, North Kivu on Friday. Local media reported that a dozen bombs landed in the villages of Biruma and Kabaya, killing two civilians. Other sources claim that M23 rebels were responsible for the bombing, but the source of the shelling has not been confirmed. The incident has occurred amid an escalating row between the DRC and Rwanda, with both governments trading accusations about shelling across the border and supporting rebel groups.

Six killed after mine collapse in Kasai

At least six people were killed after a diamond mine collapsed in Tshikapa, Kasaï on Thursday. The mine collapsed as workers were tunnelling underground. Officials say that there could be more victims. Fatal accidents are common at artisanal mines, which are typically dug by hand. 

Five soldiers injured during clashes with M23 rebels in Rutshuru

Two Congolese soldiers and three Tanzanian soldiers with the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) were injured during clashes with M23 rebels on Wednesday. The clashes erupted when the rebels attacked a military position in Rutshuru, North Kivu. Reports say that 12 rebels were arrested following the clashes. Fighting resumed between the M23 and the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo on Monday, with clashes reported at several military positions in Rutshuru. 

DRC accuses Rwanda of sending special forces across border

The Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) have accused Rwanda of sending 500 disguised troops across the border into Congolese territory. The FARDC claims that 500 Rwandan soldiers dressed in unrecognisable uniforms were deployed to the Tshanzu area in North Kivu. Rwanda's army has denied the allegations. The accusation is the latest in an escalating row between the neighbouring countries. The DRC has repeatedly accused Rwanda of supporting the M23, a rebel group that has been carrying out an offensive in the eastern border areas for the past month. Rwanda denies supporting the M23 and has accused the DRC of cross-border shelling and supporting the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR).

Multiple people killed during landslide in Kasai

At least 20 people were killed during a landslide at a diamond mine in Samba, Kasaï on Tuesday. Local officials say the victims were artisanal miners who were digging in underground wells at the mine in Sha Mashingo when the landslide hit. The landslide affected more than 30 diamond pits and was likely caused by overcrowding of the wells in fragile soil. 

Two killed during CODECO attack in Djugu

Two people were killed during an attack by militiamen from the Congo Economic Development Cooperative (CODECO) in Djugu, Ituri on Tuesday. The rebels reportedly ambushed the victims at around 22:00 local time on a road near the village of Changana in Banyali Kilo. CODECO declared a unilateral ceasefire in Djugu and Mahagi on Saturday but local sources have reported that the rebels have since carried out several attacks in Djugu.

Two FARDC soldiers killed during clashes in Rutshuru

At least two soldiers of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) were killed and five others were wounded during clashes with M23 rebels in Rutshuru, North Kivu on Monday. The clashes started in the village of Bugusa after M23 rebels allegedly attacked a FARDC position. According to the FARDC, the rebels used long-rage and modern artillery during the attack. Fighting between the rebels and the national army erupted a day after Congolese President Félix Tshisekedi accused Rwanda of supporting the M23.

CODECO declares ceasefire in eastern DR Congo

The Congo Economic Development Cooperative (CODECO) has stated that it is ending its insurgency in eastern DR Congo. The rebel group declared a unilateral ceasefire in Djugu and Mahagi territories after peace talks in Ituri with the Congolese government and representatives from several ethnic groups, including the Lendu community that is linked to the rebels. CODECO has reportedly stated that it will no longer attack civilians, soldiers, and other armed groups, but it reserves the right to self-defence if they are under attack. The rebels have also agreed to engage in negotiations currently taking place in Nairobi with other armed groups in DR Congo. CODECO is one of more than 100 local and foreign active armed groups in eastern DR Congo and was blamed for last month's violent attack on a mining area in Ituri that left at least 50 civilians dead. 

Clashes reported between FARDC and M23 in Rutshuru

Fighting has reportedly resumed between the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) and M23 rebels in Rutshuru, North Kivu, local media reported on Monday. According to a FARDC spokesman, the clashes started at around 05:00 local time at military positions in Muhati village. The FARDC maintain its position in Muhati and has also confirmed clashes with rebels in Runyonyi and Chanzu. The M23 allege that the clashes began after the FARDC launched offensives at 02:00 local time. No casualties have been reported so far. 

President Tshisekedi accuses Rwanda of supporting rebels

On Sunday, President Félix Tshisekedi stated that there was "no doubt" that Rwanda was supporting rebel groups in DR Congo. During his remarks, Tshisekedi maintained that he was seeking peaceful relations with Rwanda but did not wish for his neighbours to take his desire for peace as a sign of weakness. The comments were the latest amid a resurgence of the M23 rebel group, which is active in North Kivu near the border with Rwanda and has been responsible for a series of clashes since the end of May. The Congolese government has accused Rwanda of backing the M23 but Kigali has denied these allegations. 

Dozens killed during ADF attack in Ituri

At least 20 people were killed during an attack by Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) militants near Irumu, Ituri on Sunday. The militants raided the villages of Otomabere and Bwanasura at around 20:15 local time and reportedly burned more than 30 houses in the area before escaping the scene. Several residents have fled for safety and it is expected that the number of casualties could increase. The attack is one of several that have occurred after nearly two months of calm in the Komanda-Luna area.  

Demonstration reported in Lubumbashi

Civil society activists in Lubumbashi, Haut-Katanga staged a demonstration on Wednesday in support of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC). The demonstration has taken place amid clashes between the armed forces and M23 rebels in North Kivu. The activists have also called on the Congolese government to break ties with Rwanda. DR Congo and Rwanda have accused each other of supporting rebel groups during the escalating violence. 

Child kidnapped in Goma

A child was reportedly kidnapped in Goma, North Kivu on Monday. Local media has reported that the child was abducted by unknown suspects in Karisimbi. The suspects have demanded a ransom for the release of the child. 

DR Congo to release Rwandan soldiers

The Democratic Republic of the Congo has agreed to release two Rwandan soldiers detained last week amid rising tensions between the two countries. Angolan President João Lourenço, who has been acting as a mediator, announced the release of the soldiers after holding separate talks with Congolese and Rwandan officials. Congolese President Félix Tshisekedi and President Paul Kagame of Rwanda have agreed to meet in Angola for talks but the date of the meeting has not been confirmed. Rwanda and DR Congo have accused each other of supporting armed rebel groups and encouraging attacks in border areas. 

Three killed during CODECO attack in Ituri

At least three people were killed during an ambush by Cooperative for Development of the Congo (CODECO) militants in Djugu, Ituri on Monday. The victims, who were internally displaced persons (IDPs) living at the Rhôe IDP camp, were attacked in the Bachongo village as they were on their way to a local market. Two people have also gone missing after the incident. 

Meningitis outbreak kills 11 people in Haute-Uele

Local media reported on Tuesday that a meningitis outbreak near Mungbere, Haut-Uélé has killed at least 11 people. Doctors in the Gombari health zone of Andikofa chiefdom say that the illness has spread rapidly, with all fatalities occurring within a few days. Other patients have been admitted to a local health centre for treatment. There has been no information reported about the exact number of cases or the date the outbreak began. 

M23 rebels withdraw from captured villages in North Kivu

Local reports say that the M23 has withdrawn from Nyiragongo and Rutshuru, two territories the rebels had recently captured during clashes with government forces in North Kivu. The rebels had initially advanced to about 20 kilometres from Goma, the provincial capital, but they have since retreated to positions near the border with Rwanda. The clashes displaced more than 100,000 in the province, but many locals have started returning to the area since the M23 retreated. Negotiations between the government and the M23 were ruled out on Monday after the government termed the rebel group as "terrorists". In April, the M23 was also excluded from negotiations between the government and dozens of rebel groups active in eastern DR Congo after the government accused the rebels of aggression before the talks began.

ADF militants kill 14 people during attack in Beni

At least 14 people were killed during an attack in Beni, North Kivu on Sunday. The attack was carried out by suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels in the commune of Bulongo at 21:00 local time. Five vehicles were set on fire during the attack and victims were forced from their homes before they were killed by the militants. The attack follows a separate incident that occurred in Mamove on Saturday, during which 37 people were killed by militants.

Sit-in reported in front of Rwandan Embassy in Kinshasa

A sit-in was reported in front of the Rwandan Embassy in Kinshasa on Monday. The demonstration began at 10:00 local time and was organised by the Dynamique Progressiste Revolutionnaire group. Reports say the sit-in was staged in response to Rwanda's alleged support of the M23 group that is carrying out an offensive in North Kivu. On Friday, the Congolese government summoned the Rwandan ambassador and suspended flights from RwandAir into the country over these allegations. The Rwandan government has denied supporting the rebel group. 




Dozens civilians killed during attack in Beni

Several civilians were reportedly killed by rebels during an attack in Beni, North Kivu on Saturday. The attack was allegedly carried out by ADF militants in the village of Beu Manyama. There are conflicting reports on the exact number of casualties, with a spokesperson for the Congolese army stating that more than a dozen people have been killed and the Red Cross estimating that the death toll is at 24. Soldiers of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) responded to the attack with force and killed seven ADF militants. The incident occurred after a month of relative peace in Beni, where Congolese and Ugandan forces have been conducting joint military operations against ADF militants since November. 

Two Rwandan soldiers captured in North Kivu

On Saturday, the Rwandan government said that two of its soldiers are being held captive by M23 rebels in DR Congo. Two troops of the Rwanda Defense Force (RDF) were allegedly kidnapped in North Kivu, about 20 kilometres from the border. According to the Rwandan government, the soldiers are being held captive by the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), a Rwandan Hutu rebel group that Rwanda claims is supported by Kinshasa. The Congolese government has since confirmed the kidnapping but has stated that the two soldiers entered DR Congo on Wednesday to attack the Runangabo military camp and are being held captive by villagers in Bwisha. The alleged kidnapping was announced after DR Congo summoned Rwanda's ambassador and suspended flights from RwandAir after accusing Rwanda of supporting the M23, a rebel group that is carrying out an offensive in eastern DR Congo. Rwanda has denied the allegations and has deployed troops to the border in response to the clashes. 

DR Congo suspends flights from Rwanda

The Congolese government announced on Friday that Rwanda's ambassador has been summoned and flights from RwandAir into DR Congo have been suspended over allegations that Kigali is supporting the M23 rebel group. M23 rebels launched a military offensive in North Kivu this past week and reportedly advanced as close as 20 kilometres to the main city of Goma. A large army base in the area was also briefly captured by the rebels. Rwanda has denied supporting the rebels. It was also reported that the Congolese government has designated the M23 as a terrorist group and would exclude the rebel group from negotiations currently being held in Kenya between militia groups and the government. 



Thousands flee amid fighting in North Kivu

Aid agencies working in DR Congo say that more than 72,000 people have been forced to leave their homes in North Kivu due to renewed fighting in the province. Of those who have fled, 7,000 have crossed into Uganda. The M23, a rebel group that claims to represent the interests of ethnic Tutsis in eastern DR Congo, is reportedly carrying out its largest offensive since 2013. Clashes have been reported as near as 20 kilometres from the province's main city of Goma over the past four days, and rebels have seized several army bases in the area. The Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) have since retaken some bases, but the main road between Rutshuru and Goma is still blocked by the rebels. The Congolese government has repeatedly accused neighbouring Rwanda of supporting the rebels, but the Rwandan government denies these allegations.

Eight people killed during CODECO attack in Ituri

Eight people were killed and three others were injured during an attack by Cooperative for Development of the Congo (CODECO) militants in Djugu, Ituri on Wednesday. The militants raided Soba village in Losandrema, Bahema Nord around 22:00 local time and carried out an attack that lasted until the following morning. Reports say that several people have also gone missing after the attack but the number has not been confirmed. 

Fighting resumes between FARDC and M23 in Rutshuru

Fighting reportedly resumed between the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) and M23 rebels in Rutshuru, North Kivu on Thursday morning. Local sources say the army is trying to push the rebels out of a military camp in Rumangabo that they took control of on Wednesday night. There has been no information regarding casualties. The clashes follow attacks by M23 rebels in Nyiragongo and Rutshuru territories on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Clashes reported between M23 and FARDC in North Kivu

Clashes between the troops of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) and M23 militants erupted near Goma, North Kivu on Wednesday. The militants reportedly attacked FARDC positions in Kibumba, Nyiragongo territory and around Tchanzu, Runyoni, and Kanombe in Rutshuru territory. Thousands of residents have fled the surrounding areas amid the violence and major roads between Rutshuru and Goma have been cut off. The number of casualties has not been confirmed. 

Ebola kills five people in Mbandaka

Five people have reportedly died in the latest outbreak of Ebola in Mbandaka, the World Health Organisation (WHO) country office said on Tuesday.  The five victims were the only cases of Ebola that have been detected in the latest outbreak so far. Health authorities say that 234 contacts have been identified and are being monitored and 1,013 people have been vaccinated. The Ebola outbreak, which is the 14th to occur in DR Congo, was announced on 23 April, four months after the previous outbreak ended.

M23 rebels attack FARDC positions in North Kivu

Clashes were reported between troops of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) and M23 militants in Buhumba, North Kivu on Tuesday. Sources say the fighting began at 03:00 local time after M23 rebels attacked a FARDC positions in Nyundo and Kibaya. The rebels are suspected to have crossed into the DR Congo from Rwanda. The situation has reportedly forced some residents of Buhumba and nearby Kibumba to flee the area. No casualties have been reported so far. 

FARDC soldiers attack M23 positions in Rutshuru

Heavy fighting was reported between the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) and M23 rebels in Rutshuru, North Kivu on Monday. Sources say that FARDC soldiers attacked M23 positions across the territory starting at 06:00 local time. The positions targeted are at Umugongo, Winzovu Hill, Tchanzu, Runyoni, Bigega, and Musongati. Civilians are fleeing the affected areas in response to the fighting. Details on casualties have not been reported.

Clashes between FARDC and M23 reported in Rutshuru

Fighting between troops of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) and M23 rebels resumed in North Kivu on Thursday. Heavy gunfire was reported in the villages of Nyarubara and Runyoni in Rutshuru and local civil society sources say that most civilians have fled the area. No casualties have been reported so far. The clashes began following a press release issued by the M23 that accused the FARDC of deploying troops to the front line on Wednesday. 

Three injured during ambush in Vusokoli

Two soldiers and one civilian were injured during an attack by suspected Mai-Mai militants in Vusokoli, North Kivu on Wednesday. The soldiers reportedly opened fire after they were ambushed by militants while on patrol near a former Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) camp. It was also reported that the militants burned down several other military camps in the area during the attack.

Officials record 195 measles cases in Shabunda

Local officials said on Thursday that 195 measles cases have been recorded in Shabunda, South Kivu. The cases were discovered at hospitals in Kikamba and Matili. The local government has called for the rapid intervention of health services to prevent the further spread of the virus. A major vaccination campaign is being organised for the region. 

Three Maï-Maï militants killed during security operation in Masisi

Three Maï-Maï militants were killed during a security operation launched by the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) in Masisi, North Kivu on Wednesday. The operation was carried out in the village of Miko in the early morning local time. The FARDC regained control of the village and the militants fled toward Ziralo, South Kivu after the operation.

 

Several killed during attack at IDP camp in Ituri

Militants from the Cooperative for the Development of the Congo (CODECO) staged an attack in Djugu, Ituri on Monday night, leaving 15 people dead and seven others injured. The attack took place at a camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Lodda. Troops of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) and UN peacekeepers intervened and attempted to repel the attack, but reports say CODECO militants have maintained a presence in the surrounding areas. The IDP camp in Lodda is the third in Djugu to be attacked this year by CODECO militants. 

Five killed, 14 injured following clashes in South Kivu

Five people were killed and 14 others were injured during clashes between Maï Maï and Twirwaneho militants in Fizi, South Kivu on Sunday. Members of the Banyamulenge community said that the fighting started when Maï Maï militants attacked the villages of Lulenge and Kitumba in Minemwbe, prompting the Twiwraneho militants to fight back. The clashes came as Congolese authorities continue negotiations in Nairobi, Kenya with rebel groups based in South Kivu, North Kivu, and Ituri. 

Dozens killed during attack in Djugu

Militants from the Cooperative for Development of the Congo (CODECO) raided a gold mine in Djugu, Ituri on Sunday, leaving at least 35 people dead. It was reported that the raid occurred at the Camp Blanquette gold mine, which is located in a forest more than 7km from the city of Mungwalu. According to local residents, security forces were late to intervene in the attack as the mine is not near a military position. The CODECO group claims to defend members of the Lendu community against rival ethnic groups and security forces. It is considered one of the most dangerous in eastern DR Congo and is known for attacking civilian encampments. The group has been blamed for several deadly attacks in recent months. 

Third Ebola case confirmed in Mbandaka

Health authorities confirmed a third Ebola case in Mbandaka, Equateur province on Thursday. According to the WHO, the patient is one of 444 confirmed contacts of the first patient who died on 21 April. The health of all contacts is being monitored and a vaccination campaign is underway in Mbandaka amid the DR Congo's 14th Ebola outbreak. 

Seven hostages rescued from ADF rebels in Ituri

On Wednesday, joint security forces of the Uganda People's Defence force (UPDF) and the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) reportedly rescued seven civilians being held hostage by rebels of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF). The civilians were rescued in the Lolwa region of Mambassa, Ituri. According to local sources, the rescue occurred as ADF rebels have been launching attacks on communities in Lolwa. Joint security forces have reportedly been working to push the rebels out of the area.

Six killed during clashes in Fizi

At least six people were killed and several others were wounded during clashes in South Kivu on Monday. The fighting erupted between the Banyamulenge, a Congolese Tutsi community, and the Biloze Bishambuke Self-Defence Force (FABB) in Fizi after Banyamulenge forces allegedly seized two villages in a neutral zone. The clashes occurred days after the first round of peace talks between the Congolese government and several armed groups ended in Nairobi. Two of the three Banyamulenge groups sent delegates to the talks. 

Two students injured during explosion in Beni

Two students were injured during an explosion in Beni, North Kivu on Thursday. The explosion reportedly occurred in the courtyard of the Lisasa Institute in Pabuka while students were cleaning the school courtyard. Authorities say that an investigation is underway to determine who was responsible for the incident. 

Protest staged in Goma following FARDC shootings

A demonstration was reported in Goma, North Kivu on Thursday in protest of recent shootings by Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) troops on Wednesday night. A 33-year-old man was reportedly killed and a pregnant woman and a child were shot in the district of Virunga while the troops were trying to intercept militants in the city. Protesters erected barricades on Julien Paluku Kahongya Boulevard, blocking traffic and forcing shops and schools in the area to close temporarily. Clashes between protesters and police were reported but no casualties have been confirmed.

Ebola vaccination campaign begins in Mbandaka

On Wednesday, the World Health Organisation (WHO) began vaccinating people against the Ebola virus in Mbandaka, where two people died during a new outbreak. The WHO says that 200 doses of the vaccine have arrived in the city and further doses will be delivered in the coming days. Close contacts of the two patients and front line medical staff are being prioritised for vaccination. Local health officials say that analysis from the two confirmed cases indicated a new strain of the virus and investigations are underway to determine the source of the outbreak.

Four killed during attack by ADF in Beni

At least four people were killed during an attack by Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels in Beni, North Kivu on Tuesday evening. It was reported that the rebels ambushed and burned two vehicles that were transporting traders to a local market on the Beni-Kasindi road near Mighende-Hululu. The incident is one of several recent attacks by the ADF that has targeted traders on the Beni-Kasindi road and the second to occur in Mighende-Hululu in the past week. 

Landslide kills two people in Bukavu

Two people have been killed and nine others have been wounded during a landslide in Bukavu on Tuesday. According to local authorities, the landslide has blocked access to a secondary school and a university. Five houses and three vehicles have also been destroyed. The office of the Mayor of Bukavu has stated that an investigation is underway and has advised people in the area to evacuate the worst affected areas. 

Second Ebola patient dies in Mbandaka

The WHO said on Tuesday that a second person has died of Ebola in Mbandaka, Equateur province, just days after the start of a new outbreak of the virus. The second fatality was a relative of the first victim who began experiencing symptoms 12 days earlier. Local health authorities say that more than 100 people have been traced as possible contacts and their health is being monitored. A vaccine rollout will begin this week. This outbreak is the fourteenth to occur in DR Congo, with the previous one lasting from 2018 to 2020 and killing nearly 2,300 people. 

M23 rebels clash with FARDC forces in Rutsuru

Clashes between M23 rebels and soldiers of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) were reported in Rutsuru, North Kivu on Saturday. The fighting allegedly started after M23 rebels attacked a FARDC position in Jomba near Bugusa Hill. No casualties have been reported. Prior to the attack, the region had not reported any attacks for nearly two weeks. 

New Ebola outbreak declared in DRC

According to the World Health Organisation, health authorities in the DR Congo declared a new Ebola outbreak on Friday after a case of the virus was confirmed in Mbandaka, Equateur Province. It was reported that the patient sought treatment at a health facility after experiencing symptoms for more than a week and died two weeks later. WHO officials say that contact tracing and other efforts to reduce the impact of the virus are underway. The spread of the virus may not be as severe as in previous outbreaks since many people in Mbandaka have been vaccinated, but a vaccination campaign will begin in the coming days. This outbreak is the third in Equateur province since 2018 and the fourteenth to occur in the country since 1976. 

Police clash with protesters in Kinshasa

Clashes were reported between police and protesters at a demonstration in Kinshasa on Friday. The demonstration took place at Palais du Peuple and was staged by Lamuka political activists to demand a consensus on electoral reforms. More than a dozen injuries and arrests have been reported but exact numbers have not been confirmed.

One killed during armed attack in Masisi

One person was killed and two others were injured following an attack in Masisi, North Kivu. Armed suspects allegedly raided the home of a teacher in the village of Kibarizo on Wednesday evening and killed his pregnant wife. Sources say Nyatura Bazungu, an armed group with a presence in the area, was responsible for the attack.

East African leaders agree on joint military force in DR Congo

At a summit in Nairobi on Thursday, the East African Community (EAC) agreed to deploy a joint military force to DR Congo to deal with armed groups in the eastern part of the country. Specific details on the force have not been released, but the agreement states that the force should be mobilised immediately. As part of the agreement, all armed groups operating in eastern DR Congo are called to participate in a political process to resolve their grievances and those that do not participate will be dealt with militarily. DR Congo joined the EAC last month, a historic move that was expected to result in regional efforts to address insecurity in the country. Several rebel groups, such as the M23 and the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) operate in eastern DR Congo, with many originating in or associating with neighbouring countries. 

Kenyan soldiers kill five ADF militants in north-east

Kenyan soldiers from a UN peacekeeping force have killed five Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) in north-eastern DR Congo. In a statement, MONUSCO said a helicopter and ground troops targeted ADF positions in Mount Hoyo and Tuesday. Elite Kenyan soldiers from the Quick Reaction Force (QRF) were deployed to DRC in June 2021.

Five killed in clash between militias

At least five people have been killed during clashes between militias in the north-eastern province of Ituri. The victims, who were all members of the same family, died as members of the Cooperative for the Development of Congo (CODECO) exchanged fire with members of the Zaire defence group. The incident occurred in the village of Balabala in Djugu territory.

Civilians killed by two soldiers in eastern DRC

Two soldiers have killed 15 people in two separate attacks in eastern DR Congo. A soldier who had been drinking was arrested after opening fire on eight passengers on a boat on Lake Tanganyika in South Kivu. Another soldier, who was also reportedly intoxicated, was shot dead after he had killed a colonel, his bodyguard and five civilians in Ituri province.

Several ADF rebels killed during clashes with FARDC in Ituri

At least 10 rebels from the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) were killed during clashes with the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) in Komanda, Ituri on Tuesday. The clashes took place in the village of Kandoyi after two days of heavy fighting between the army and the rebels. It has been reported that Kandoyi has now been liberated from the ADF and the army has secured the release of 13 people who were being held hostage by the rebel group. Several weapons were also recovered by the army. 

Last four hostages freed after failed mediation in Ituri

The last four members of a presidential delegation were released by Cooperative for Development of the Congo (CODECO) militants in Djugu, Ituri on Tuesday. The eight-member team was sent to Ituri in February to negotiate with CODECO and persuade them to end ethnic violence in the region. The team was taken hostage after CODECO accused the Congolese army of launching attacks against their positions. Unconfirmed reports say that the last four hostages escaped from their captors and went to Bunia. One hostage had previously been released in March and three others were freed earlier this month. 

Student killed during protest in Mbandaka

A student was shot and killed and several others were injured during a demonstration in Mbandaka, Équateur on Tuesday. The student was killed as police attempted to disperse the demonstration, which was staged by students at the Higher Medical Technical Institute in protest of an increase in tuition fees. 

Taxi drivers stage protest in Lubumbashi

Motorcycle taxi drivers staged protests in Lubumbashi on Tuesday. The demonstrations are taking place at Kamalondo and Vangu camp and are being held in protest against the recent murder of a taxi driver. Protesters were seen burning tyers and erecting barricades on major roads, which led to traffic disruptions around the city. 

Several killed during ADF attack in Ituri

It has been reported that 17 people were killed during an attack by Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) militants in Ituri on Monday morning. The rebels attacked the village of Mangusu, where they were seen burning houses and state service offices. The village is said to be located in an area where the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) have not recently been present. Military officials have intervened and are working to track down the rebels. 

M23 announces withdrawal from villages in Rutshuru, North Kivu

The M23 rebel group has announced they are withdrawing from villages they captured in North Kivu following clashes with armed forces last week. Heavy fighting between the M23 and soldiers took place on Wednesday and the rebels took control of a dozen villages in Rutshuru territory. The rebel group has reportedly decided to withdraw and release all captured soldiers to allow for negotiations with the government. It has not been confirmed whether the withdrawal or the release of the soldiers has taken place.

Six killed during explosion in Goma, North Kivu

At least six people were killed and 15 others were injured during an explosion in Goma, North Kivu on Thursday night. The cause of the explosion, which occurred in a bar in the Katindo military camp, is being investigated. The Congolese army has been battling rebel groups in North Kivu but it is not clear whether the explosion was the result of an attack. 

Army clashes with M23 rebels in North Kivu

Clashes between the Congolese army and M23 rebels were reported in Rutshuru, North Kivu on Wednesday. According to local sources, the army attacked M23 positions in Musongati, Tchanzu, and Runyoni. No casualties have been reported. The fighting has occurred less than a week after the M23 declared a unilateral ceasefire and claimed that it was seeking dialogue with the government for a peaceful resolution to the conflict. The army has since sent reinforcements to North Kivu in case fighting resumes in the region. 

Three hostages released by CODECO in Ituri

Three members of a Congolese delegation were released by Cooperative for Development of the Congo (CODECO) forces in Djugu, Ituri on Monday. The delegates were part of a group of eight sent by President Félix Tshisekedi in February to negotiate a ceasefire and the demobilisation of the CODECO rebels. CODECO took the delegates hostage after accusing the Congolese army of bombing the area during the negotiations. Four delegates are still being held by the rebels and one was released in March. 

Protesters clash with police in Beni

Clashes were reported between police and demonstrators in Beni, North Kivu on Monday. The demonstrators were seen blocking roads in the Cité Belge area to demand the release of several individuals who were recently sentenced to 12 months in prison by a military court. Security operatives were deployed to the area to restore order. No casualties have been reported. 

Seven killed following train crash in Lualaba

A freight train derailed in Lubudi, Lualaba on Sunday, killing seven people and injuring 14 others. According to local sources, the eight-carriage train owned by the National Railway Company of Congo (SNCC) derailed at the Buyofwe station as it was travelling from Lualaba province to Greater Kasai. A commission of inquiry is being established to determine the cause of the derailment, which follows another train incident last month that killed 75 people. Accidents occur frequently on the DR Congo's rail network, which reportedly dates back to colonial times and is in poor conditon.

Several killed during ADF attack in North Kivu

At least 21 civilians were killed during an attack by Islamist militants in the Rwenzori, North Kivu on Sunday night. The attack was carried out by suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) militants in the village of Masambo. Several houses were reportedly burned by the militants and two people were taken hostage but released following the attack. The ADF, a Ugandan militia, has been active in eastern DR Congo for decades and is responsible for thousands of deaths since its resurgence in 2013. This incident has occurred as Congolese and Ugandan forces are conducting joint operations against the militia in North Kivu. 

M23 declares unilateral ceasefire

In a statement issued on Friday, the M23 rebel group has declared a unilateral ceasefire. The rebel group says that it has withdrawn its troops from a combat zone in eastern DR Congo and that it is seeking dialogue with the government. The ceasefire has been called days after clashes erupted between the M23 and the Congolese army following attacks on two army positions near the borders with Uganda and Rwanda. The M23 staged an insurrection in 2012 and were pushed out by Congolese and UN forces before returning to carry out violent attacks. Regional efforts to demobilise the rebel group have not been successful. 

Motorcycle taxi drivers stage protest in Lubumbashi

Motorcycle taxi drivers held a demonstration in Lubumbashi on Wednesday to protest a recent ban on the movement of motorcycles within the city centre. The protesters were seen burning tyres on Tabora and Sendwe avenues and blocking the entrance to the Bel'Air district in Kampemba. The demonstration began on Tuesday and has carried on for a second day after urban authorities suspended two motorcycle taxi management companies in the city. 

Eight people killed in helicopter crash in North Kivu

Eight people were killed when a helicopter crashed in North Kivu on Tuesday. The helicopter was part of a reconnaissance mission for the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) when it went down in Tshanzu, where clashes have recently erupted between M23 rebels and Congolese soldiers. Both the M23 and the Congolese army have accused each other of shooting down the helicopter, but MONUSCO has launched an investigation to determine the cause of the crash.  


MONUSCO loses contact with helicopter in North Kivu

The United Nations Stabilisation Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) announced that it lost contact with one of its helicopters in Rutshuru, North Kivu on Tuesday. At least 8 UN staff were on board the helicopter, which has gone missing while on a reconnaissance mission in the Tshanzu area. The area was previously the target of attacks by M23 rebels on Sunday night. According to local sources, the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) have accused the M23 of shooting down the helicopter, but this has not been confirmed. 

DR Congo officially joins the East African Community trade bloc

In what is considered a historic move, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) was officially admitted to the East African Community (EAC) during a recent virtual summit. The DRC joins Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda in a trade bloc now made up of approximately 300 million people. Once the DRC ratifies the EAC's laws and regulations in parliament, Congolese citizens will be able to take advantage of the free movement of goods and people across borders with other member states. It has been reported that the EAC will now be involved in helping the DRC address insecurity in the eastern part of the country, where armed militias have carried out attacks for several years. 

DR Congo accuses Rwandan soldiers of back M23 in recent attack

The DR Congo's army has accused Rwandan soldiers supported by M23 rebels of being involved in an attack in North Kivu on Monday. Rwanda's government has responded to the allegations, stating that its army was not involved in any attacks in DR Congo. Two of the Rwandan soldiers have reportedly been captured by the Congolese army for allegedly participating in the attacks on military positions in Tshanzu and Runyonyi. The UN has regularly accused Rwanda and Uganda of supporting the M23 rebel group, which has been involved in peace deal negotiations with the Congolese government.

M23 rebels attack army positions in North Kivu

Hundreds of civilians have fled from DR Congo into Uganda following rebel attacks in North Kivu in the early hours of Monday morning. A group of M23 rebels reportedly attacked army positions near the villages of Tshanzu and Runyoni and local sources say clashes between the rebels and government troops erupted following the attacks. There have been no casualties reported so far. The M23, which was previously a major force in eastern DR Congo, has been negotiating with the Congolese government for a peace deal but says that its demands have never been met. The UN has previously accused Rwanda and Uganda of supporting the rebel group. 

Dozens of ADF rebels killed during military operation in Ituri

The Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) says they killed 27 Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels during clashes that took place between Wednesday and Friday in Irumu, Ituri. The fighting broke out during military operations in Zunguluka, Kasoko, Manzobe, and Komanda in the Walese-Vonkutu chiefdom. Weapons and ammunition were recovered from the rebels during the operation. 

Several killed following CODECO attack in Ituri

An attack by Cooperative for Development of the Congo (CODECO) militants claimed the lives of at least 12 people in In Djugu, Ituru on Wednesday. The attack occurred in the village of Tsotso and has caused a massive displacement of civilians from the area. CODECO militants have carried out more frequent attacks in Ituri since February, and according to the UN the security situation in the eastern DR Congo is not improving. 

Seven civilians killed by ADF militants in Beni

At least seven civilians were killed during an attack by Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) militants in Beni, North Kivu on Saturday night. The attack occurred in the villages of Mayi Baridi, Kumbukumbu and Kivaro near the locality of Erringeti. According to local sources, the militants were attacking civilians with machetes. It is expected that the death toll will increase as some people have not been accounted for. 

Fourteen killed in Ituri attack

At least 14 people have been killed in a machete attack in the north-eastern province of Ituri. Seven of the victims were children, according to the Red Cross. The incident happened at a camp for internally displaced people on Saturday. Jean D’Zba Banju, a community leader in Djugu, told the AFP that members of the Cooperative for the Development of the Congo (CODECO) militia carried out the attack.

One killed, several injured following attack in North Kivu

One person was killed and five others were injured in an attack in Masisi, North Kivu on Wednesday. The attack was carried out by bandits during the night in Bihambwe. Local sources say that killings, robberies and kidnappings are occurring more frequently in Masisi. Civil society has called on authorities to strengthen security in the territory. 

Scores killed following attacks by ADF in Bunia

Several attacks by Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) militants were reported in Irumu, Ituri on Sunday and Monday. At least 52 civilians were killed during the series of attacks, which occurred in several sub-localities in the city of Bunia. Attacks have continued to take place on a regular basis despite joint operations by the Congolese Armed Forces and the Ugandan army, which have been ongoing in the area since December 2021.

Dozens killed following ADF attack in North Kivu

At least 27 people were killed in a machete attack by militants of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) in North Kivu on Saturday. Several people have allegedly disappeared and a dozen houses have been burned down following the attack, which occurred in the village of Mambumembume, located 12km northeast of Mamove. Forces from Uganda and DR Congo have been carrying out military operations against the ADF, but it has been reported that the Mamove area has not yet experienced any large-scale military operations. 

Dozens killed in train crash in south-east

At least 60 people have been killed and 50 others wounded in a train crash in south-eastern DR Congo. The freight train was travelling to the mining town of Tenke in Lualaba when it derailed late on Thursday night. Seven of the 15 carriages reportedly fell into ravines at the site of the crash, outside the village of Buyofwe. The victims were believed to have been stowaways.

One Mai-Mai militia member killed following attack in Beni

A suspected Mai-Mai militiaman was killed during an attack by Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) in Beni, North Kivu on Wednesday. The attack occurred at the construction site of the North Talihya hydroelectric plant in Bashu. It has been reported that casualties could be higher as efforts are underway to find missing people after the attack. 

Several killed in CODECO militia attacks in Ituri

At least 18 people were killed in attacks by Cooperative for the Development of the Congo (CODECO) militants in Ituri on Tuesday. The militants attacked a Congolese army unit and raided a church in the village of Kilo where internally displaced persons (IDPs) had sought refuge following recent violent attacks in neighbouring villages. According to the UN and Congolese officials, the CODECO militia has been responsible for most of the violence that takes place in Ituri since 2017. 

FARDC seizes control of Aruda, Ituri

Security officials have confirmed that the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) seized control of the village of Aruda, located in Djugu, Ituri on Friday. The FARDC soldiers retook the village following clashes with Cooperative for Development of the Congo (CODECO) militants. Local residents fled amid the violence but no casualties were reported. 

Scores of CODECO militants killed in foiled attack

At least 14 Cooperative Development of the Congo (CODECO) militants were killed by Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of The Congo (FARDC) troops during a foiled attack in Mahagi, Ituri on Wednesday. The attack was targeting a military position in Ame. FARDC forces have been involved in several military operations in Ituri recently amid repeated attacks by militant groups. 

Multiple ADF militants killed in North Kivu

The Ugandan Special Forces killed 16 Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) militants during a targeted military operation in Nobili, North Kivu on Sunday. More than 12 children held captive by the ADF were also freed during the operation. The Ugandan Special Forces have reportedly intensified their military operations in North Kivu against the ADF in the wake of repeated attacks in the region. 

Multiple people killed in boat fire near Kinshasa

Local sources have reported that at least 20 people have been killed and 11 others have been injured after a boat caught fire just outside of Kinshasa on Sunday. The vessel, which was docked at Ngafura Port on the Congo River, was carrying flammable materials and was headed for Équateur province. Passengers are prohibited from boarding cargo vessels, but many people allegedly use these boats for faster travel due to poor road networks in DR Congo. 

Dozens killed in ADF attack in North Kivu

At least 20 people have been killed following an attack in North Kivu on Sunday. The attack occurred in the village of Kikura when suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) militants burned houses and threatened locals with machetes. The attack has occurred months after DR Congo and Ugandan troops began a joint operation against the ADF. The ADF has continued to attack and kill scores of civilians in the region since the operation began in November.

Eight SANDF soldiers, three civilians killed in ADF ambush

It was reported on Thursday that at least eight soldiers from the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) and three civilians were killed following an attack by Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) militants in Irumu, Ituri. The incident occurred on the RN4 road when the SANDF soldiers were ambushed while conducting escort duties from Luna to Bwana-Sura. The soldiers seized four AK-47 rifles and 18 rounds of ammunition from the ADF militants following the ambush.

Two ADF militants killed in clashes with FARDC soldiers

Troops of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) killed two rebels from the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) during clashes in Irumu, Ituri on Tuesday and Wednesday. The clashes took place on the RN4 road in the locality of Mufutabangi while FARDC soldiers were on patrol in the area. FARDC troops recovered one weapon from the ADF forces during the fighting. A regular operation of combat patrols has been organized as ADF militants are still active in the area. 

Three Mai-Mai militants killed in clashes with FARDC

Three Mai-Mai militants were killed in clashes with Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) troops in Lubero, North Kivu on Tuesday. The clashes started after the Mai-Mai militants attacked a FARDC position in Fungulamacho in the Bapere sector. Local police officials have confirmed that order has been restored in the area since the incident and residents who initially fled the violence have started to return. 

FARDC foils attack by FPIC militants in Irumu

A double attack by the Patriotic and Integrationist Front of Congo (FPIC) was foiled by Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) troops in Irumu, Ituri on Sunday. The attacks occurred in the village of Nyara, where FPIC militants stole hundreds of cattle from villagers before they were repelled by armed forces. At least 13 militants were killed in the counter-attack and three weapons were seized by FARDC soldiers.

One killed, one injured in foiled Mai-Mai attack in South Kivu

An attack on a military position for the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) by Mai-Mai militants was foiled in Fizi, South Kivu on Friday. The Mai-Mai militants set fire to the position in the locality of Bikobokobo before FARDC soldiers responded to repel the attack. Local sources reported that one person was killed and another had been injured, and FARDC soldiers confirmed that two Mai-Mai militants have been captured following the attack. The locality of Bikobokobo has been the target of several attacks by Mai-Mai militants, with a previous attack occurring last week that led to the deaths of 18 people.

Three peace envoys taken hostage in Ituri

The Congolese government says that three peace envoys have been taken hostage by members of the Cooperative for Development of the Congo (CODECO) in Ituri. The envoys were sent by President Félix Tshisekedi to negotiate a ceasefire with the CODECO militiamen after a series of violent attacks by the group in recent months. It has been reported that the envoys were taken hostage after the Congolese army had fired shells during the negotiations. All three envoys are former warlords who were previously tried by the International Criminal Court (ICC) and had served sentences for war crimes. 

Sixteen killed, several kidnapped following attack in Ituri

At least 16 people were killed and four others were injured in Ituri following an attack by Cooperative Development of the Congo (CODECO) militants on Tuesday morning. The attack occurred in Djugu when the militants raided the village of Scierie Landa armed with machetes and guns. It has been reported that several civilians have also been kidnapped by the militants and multiple houses have been burned.

Teacher killed in armed attack in Walungu

A teacher at the Bilondola Primary School was shot and killed following an attack in Walungu territory on Wednesday evening. The attack occurred on the border between the localities of Lurhala and Ikoma as the victim was returning home from Mugogo market.

ADF militants killed in FARDC security operation

At least 23 Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) were killed in clashes with Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) soldiers on Wednesday morning. The clashes were a result of a FARDC operation that took place in North Kivu between the villages of Makusa and Makumo. Weapons, explosives, and other military-related items were seized by the FARDC soldiers following the operation. FARDC soldiers are maintaining a presence in the area.


President Tshisekedi appoints new security adviser

President Felix Tshisekedi appointed Jean-Claude Bukasa to the role of security adviser on Tuesday. Bukasa previously served as the deputy advisor to Francois Beya, who was removed from his position and arrested on Saturday for alleged involvement in a coup plot. Investigations into the coup plot are ongoing. 

Congolese government warns of security threat following reports of failed coup

The Congolese government announced on Tuesday that they have evidence of a national security threat. In a statement read on state television, presidential spokesman Tharcisse Kasongo Mwema said that investigations are ongoing and that “No attempt to destabilize our democratic institutions will be tolerated". These comments are the first from the government since reports of a failed coup emerged last week following the arrest of special security adviser Francois Beya, who is accused of undermining state security. 

One militant killed in clashes with Mai-Mai rebels

The Congolese Institute for Nature Conservation (ICCN) has reported that one militant has been killed following clashes between park wardens and Mai-Mai rebels on Tuesday. The clashes occurred at Virunga National Park in Bulambo, North Kivu. A position established by the Mai-Mai rebels was dismantled and one weapon was seized by ICCN guards following the clashes. Several militants escaped following the incident.

One killed following attack in Beni

One person has been killed and another has been wounded following an attack in Beni, North Kivu on Monday morning. The attack, which was carried out by an unknown armed group, occurred in Gogo village in Watalinga chiefdom when the suspects ambushed a group of villagers. This attack is one of several in Watalinga chiefdom over the past few weeks that has forced large numbers of residents to leave the area.  

FPIC militia leader killed in Ituri

The self-proclaimed militia leader of the Patriotic Force and Integrationist of Congo (FPIC) was killed on Sunday night in Irumu, Ituri. According to a spokesperson for the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC), Furabo Munzabo was killed during a security operation that sought to eliminate armed groups in Ituri. 

Six killed following attack in North Kivu

At least six people were killed following an armed attack by Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) militants in North Kivu on Saturday morning. Local sources have stated that several individuals have gone missing since the attack, which occurred in the village of Tandika-Byane-Kamang in Beni-Mbau. 

Three killed by armed suspects in Bukavu

Three people have been killed following an attack by armed suspects in South Kivu on Sunday night. The attack occurred in the Bagira community of Bukavu after the suspects raided the home of a local resident. Community members in the area responded by staging a protest, which was quickly dispersed by police. The attack is the latest of several that have taken place in Bukavu in recent weeks. 

Six wounded after a bomb exploded in Beni

At least six people have been wounded after a homemade bomb exploded at a market in Beni. The device was planted close to the police headquarters on Saturday. “We call on the population to be calm and especially vigilant,” said Beni city police spokesperson Nasson Murara. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

UN strengthens presence of peacekeepers in Ituri

The United Nations (UN) has strengthened the presence of peacekeepers as part of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) in Ituri province. The decision to increase security has been made following an attack by members of the Cooperative for the Development of the Congo (CODECO) militia on the Savo camp for internally displaced people (IDP). At least 60 people were killed in the attack, which occurred on Wednesday. 

Armed suspects infiltrate Lubumbashi

Heavily armed suspects reportedly infiltrated the city of Lubumbashi, Haut-Katanga and the surrounding areas on Wednesday. Sources have stated that the suspects are seeking to destabilize the economic capital of the country. Congolese forces were mobilized and local residents have been told to stay home for the next 10 days as security checks are carried out across the city. 

Scores killed in militia attack at IDP camp

At least 60 people have been killed after members of the Cooperative for the Development of Congo (CODECO) militia attacked a camp for internally displaced people (IDP). The incident occurred in the early hours of Wednesday morning at the Savo camp in Ituri province. “I first heard cries when I was still in bed. Then several minutes of gunshots. I fled and I saw torches and people crying for help and I realized it was the CODECO militiamen who had invaded our site,” camp resident Lokana Bale Lussa told Reuters. Around 4,000 people currently live at the camp, according to the UN's IOM.

Power cable collapse kills 26 in Kinshasa

At least 26 people have been killed after a power cable collapsed at a market in Kinshasa. The victims were electrocuted when the high-voltage cable hit people in the Matadi-Kibala district on Wednesday. Charles Mbutamuntu, the spokesman for the Kinshasa provincial government, told the AFP that an investigation into the accident was underway. There are unconfirmed reports that the cable was hit by lightning during a storm.

FARDC soldier killed in South Kivu

A soldier from the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) has been killed by unidentified gunmen in South Kivu. The soldier was targeted in Bunyakiri in Kahuzi Biega Park (PNKB) on Tuesday. Other soldiers responded to the gunfire but the assailants had already fled the area.

FARDC ambushes M23 rebels in North Kivu

The Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) say they have killed at least 25 M23 militants after an ambush in North Kivu on Sunday. The FARDC organized the ambush in Virunga National Park in retaliation for the killing of 30 FARDC soldiers on 24 January. One FARDC soldier was also killed in the attack. 

Several ADF militants killed in Beni

At least 11 Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) militants were killed and two were wounded during a clash with the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) in Beni. The incident occurred in Loselose, Ruwenzori on Friday afternoon. The FARDC is continuing with operations in the region.

Road RN5 threatened by erosion

Officials reported on Friday that the Bukavu-Kamanyola section of Road RN5 on the Ngomo escarpments is at risk of erosion. The section of road, which is approximately 55km long and connects the city of Bukavu to Lubumbashi, is threatened by water runoff and is already partially obstructed. It is reported that the road has been the subject of a reconstruction project worth $55 million, but only 10km of the road has been repaired to date.

Several civilians killed by ADF militants in Ituri

Sources are reporting that at least 13 civilians were killed by suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) militants on Monday night near Luna-Samboko, located in Irumu territory in Ituri province. The militants also set fire to houses and cars in the area. This incident has occurred following reports that ADF militants have moved from the territory of Beni to the territories of Irumu and Mabasa since the start of joint operations by the Ugandan and Congolese armies in November. 

Two bodies found in North Kivu

Two bodies were found in Kivwekyamase in Bashu, North Kivu on Wednesday morning. The victims were a husband and wife who were allegedly stabbed to death after being kidnapped from their home. According to local authorities, this incident is the third of its kind in the area in the past three days. No suspects have been arrested in connection with the killing. 

Several FARDC soldiers killed by M23 militants

At least 20 soldiers were killed in an attack by M23 militants against an Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) position in North Kivu on Monday. The incident occurred in Rutshuru, about 10km east of the Rumangabo military camp. Civil society organisations reported heavy gunfire on Monday evening that forced many residents to flee the area. At least six FARDC soldiers were also injured in the attack. 

LUCHA activists arrested in North Kivu

It has been reported that 12 activists from Lutte Pour Le Changement (LUCHA) were arrested on Tuesday in Butembo, North Kivu. Police and intelligence services accused the activists of disturbing public order and organising a protest. According to LUCHA, the activists were not protesting at the time and were rather in the process of planning demonstrations calling for justice for another LUCHA militant who was killed in a protest in Beni on Monday. 

Two killed by militants in North Kivu

Local sources are reporting that two farmers were killed during an ambush in Beni, North Kivu on Sunday. The ambush, allegedly carried out by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) in the Watalinga chiefdom, occurred as the farmers were returning home from work in the evening. Sources said this incident is the latest of several attacks targeting farmers in the region. 

Prisoners found guilty of rapes during riot

Ten prisoners have been found guilty of raping dozens of female inmates during a riot in 2020. The accused were ordered to serve an additional 15 years in jail over the assaults on 56 women and a teenage girl at Kasapa Central Prison in Lubumbashi. Sixteen of the victims became pregnant and three contracted HIV during the three-day mutiny. “We are satisfied with the verdict, [which came] after a long struggle to gain justice for my clients,” Melanie Mumba, a lawyer for the victims, told the AFP.

Three soldiers killed in Uvira attack

Three soldiers have been killed by suspected Mai-Mai fighters in Uvira, South Kivu province. Major Dieudonné Kasereka told reporters that two civilians were also killed in the attack, which took place close to the border with Burundi. "They are looking for food because they are trapped in the hills by the steamrollers of the government army," said Major Kasereka.

Two wounded as police disperse protest in Lubumbashi

Two people have been injured after police dispersed a protest march in Lubumbashi. Dozens of people gathered to demand the release of Pastor Danuel Ngoy Mulunda, the former president of the Commission Electoral National Independent (CENI) who has been in prison for over a year. Police fired tear gas to disperse the crowd on Tuesday.

Rwandans expelled after crossing border to escape Covid jabs

Congolese officials have expelled around 100 Rwandans who crossed the border to avoid getting vaccinations for Covid-19. The group fled to an island on Lake Kivu before they were detained and sent back across the border. Two managed to escape and a search operation is underway to track them down.

Two soldiers and 18 militiamen killed in South Kivu clashes

Two Congolese soldiers and 18 militiamen have been killed in clashes in the Uvira area of South Kivu. A spokesman for the army (FARDC) said troops were ambushed by Twigwaneho militiamen in the town of Mugeti on Wednesday. The Twigwaneho and Gumino militias, which are led by former Colonel Rukunda Makanika, have carried out several attacks against the FARDC since late last year.

Seventeen killed in suspected ADF attack, Ituri

At least 17 people have been killed and 12 others kidnapped in an attack blamed on the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF). The incident took place on Saturday in the village of Idohu in the Ituri province. The hostages escaped on Tuesday and reported the massacre, according to a local human rights group.

Dozens killed in Ituri clashes

At least 50 people have been killed in several days of fighting in Ituri province. Local officials said 12 civilians and 38 rebels from both the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) and the Cooperative for the Development of Congo (CODECO) died in the fighting. Nine people died in an ADF attack in the Mambembe area on Thursday and three more died in a further attack on Saturday. The military said seven ADF fighters were killed in operations south of Bunia, while 31 CODECO fighters died in a "helicopter-backed operation" in Djugu territory.

Five killed in suicide bomb attack at Beni restaurant

At least five people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack at a restaurant in the eastern city of Beni. Several others were wounded in the blast, which occurred at the In Box restaurant on Saturday. “Loss of human life has been reported. The security services have already been deployed and the first measures have been taken,” said government spokesman Patrick Muyaya. Several others were also wounded in the blast, while there was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

Three killed in plane crash, South Kivu

At least three people have been killed after a small passenger plane crashed in South Kivu on Thursday. The plane went down in the village of Keisha after it left Goma for Shabunda. Other reports claim that five people were onboard and all of them died in the crash. Dieudonne Kashombanya, the administrator of Shabunda, said they have launched an investigation to determine the cause of the crash.

Food truck attacked by ADF

A food truck carrying goods from North Kivu to Ituri has been attacked by suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF). Gunmen opened fire on the truck between Makumo and Lukaya on Wednesday. No injuries were reported in the attack.

Protesters killed in clashes with security forces, Goma

Several people have been killed in clashes between protesters and the security forces in the eastern city of Goma. Large crowds had gathered to denounce the ongoing insecurity in the east of the country, allowing with rumours that troops from neighbouring Rwanda are set to be deployed to the country. “Two law enforcement officers were killed and two seriously injured,” said General Sylvain Ekenge, a spokesman for the military governor of North Kivu province. “These acts will not go unpunished,” He also denied that any members of the Rwanda security forces will be used to maintain law and order.

Ebola outbreak declared over in eastern DRC

DR Congo's health authorities have announced that the recent outbreak of Ebola in the east of the country is now over. The latest outbreak, the 13th in the country, started on 8 October in North Kivu but no new cases have been recorded since 30 October. “My warm congratulations to health workers in the health zone of Beni who have suspended their strike movement to cope with this epidemic,” Health Minister Jean-Jacques Mbungani said in a statement.

Dozens missing after shipwreck on Kwilu River

At least three people have died and more than 60 others are missing after a ship sank on the Kwilu River. Seventeen people were rescued following the incident near the village of Lusanga in Kwilu province, which occurred on Sunday night. According to reports the vessel, which was heavily overloaded, hit a rock before it sank. Incidents involving poorly maintained boats on Congolese rivers are common.

President Tshisekedi says Ugandan troop deployment is 'limited'

President Felix Tshisekedi has promised his citizens that the Ugandan deployment of troops in the east of the country will be limited. "I will ensure that the presence of Ugandan troops on our soil is limited to the time strictly necessary for this operation," Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi said in a state of the union address. Ugandan and DR Congo launched joint military operations against the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) earlier this month in response to a series of attacks in Kampala.

Two kidnapped Red Cross workers freed in North Kivu

Two International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) staff members who were abducted last month in North Kivu have been freed. “We are relieved by the return of our colleagues and we rejoice that they are able to return to their families,” Rachel Bernhard, head of the ICRC’s delegation in Congo, told Reuters. No details have been released about how the pair were freed. They were abducted on 30 November as they travelled from Goma to Sake.

Multiple casualties in boat accident

Thirteen people have been killed and 17 others rescued following a shipwreck in the western DR Congo. The wreck happened on the Congo River near the Ibali village, Mai-Ndombe province, with the rescue operation taking place over Saturday and Sunday. “According to the emergency report, 30 passengers were on board. 13 people died and 17 others have been rescued,” said Crispin Ipondo Bonda, provincial minister in charge of the interior and security affairs.

Sixteen killed in fresh ADF attack

At least 16 people have been killed in an attack blamed on the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) in North Kivu. Local officials said the attack took place in the Mangina commune on Wednesday. Freddy Mbayayi, deputy mayor of Mangina, told Reuters that several people were also kidnapped during the raid. Uganda and the DRC launched joint military operations against the ADF last month following suicide bomb attacks in Kampala.

Five killed in suspected CODECO attack, Ituri

At least five people have been killed in an attack blamed on Cooperative for the Development of Congo (CODECO) rebels in Ituri province. Gunmen raided the village of Andisa in the Djugu territory in the early hours of Wednesday morning. They were eventually repelled by the Congolese army (FARDC) who were deployed close to the village.

China urges DRC to help free kidnapped nationals

China has urged DR Congo officials to help secure the release of kidnapped Chinese nationals. Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Christophe Lutundula, deputy prime minister and minister of foreign affairs of the DRC, during a China-Africa conference in Senegal earlier this week. The Chinese embassy has also called on its citizens in North Kivu, South Kivu and Ituri and asked them to report to the embassy by 10 December.

Ugandan army launches operations against ADF

The Ugandan army has launched joint operations with their Congolese counterparts against the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF). “This morning, we have launched joint air and artillery strikes against ADF camps with our Congolese allies,” a spokesperson for the Uganda People’s Defence Force said in a statement. The Ugandan authorities have blamed the ADF for the recent suicide bomb attacks in the capital, Kampala, while the group has carried out hundreds of attacks in eastern DRC.

CODECO rebels attack IDP camp in Ituri

At least 22 people have been killed after suspected Cooperative for the Development of Congo (CODECO) rebels attacked a camp for internally displaced people (IDP). Army spokesman in the region, Lieutenant Jules Ngongo, said the rebels were repelled following the attack. The same camp was targeted last week, resulting in 29 reported deaths.

Seven missing following Kainama attack

Seven people are missing and feared kidnapped following an attack in the Kainama area of Beni territory. Local officials said suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels carried out the attack on Monday. Fifteen houses were also torched during the raid.

Ranger killed in Virunga attack

A park ranger has been killed in an attack in the Virunga National Park. Chief Brigadier Etienne Mutazimiza Kanyaruchinya died on Saturday during an ambush carried out by around 100 heavily armed men near Bukima. Local reports suggest that the assailants were members of the M23 rebel movement, which has started to regroup in the park in recent months.

Twenty killed in Ituri attack

At least 20 people have been killed in an attack in the north-eastern Ituri province. Suspected members of the Cooperative for the Development of Congo (CODECO) militia raided the village of Drodro on Sunday night, according to local officials. Seven people reportedly died in a separate attack in the Mba/Donga area, according to the Kivu Security Tracker.

Hundreds of prisoners escape Matadi prison

Hundreds of inmates have escaped from a prison in the western city of Matadi. Two gunmen overpowered the guards before forcing open the prison's main gate. A police officer was also shot dead during the incident as hundreds of inmates rushed to flee the facility. Officials said there were 737 inmates at the jail, even though the facility only had a capacity for 150.

Five Chinese gold miners kidnapped in South Kivu

Five Chinese nationals have been kidnapped from a gold mine in South Kivu province. Col David Epanga said a police officer was killed and another wounded in the attack in the village of Mukera. The Chinese embassy in DR Congo has advised its nationals living in South Kivu to leave as soon as possible. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Three soldiers killed in South Kivu ambush

Three Congolese army soldiers have been killed in an ambush in South Kivu. Suspected Mai-Mai rebels targeted the soldiers in the Fizi territory on Wednesday. Two soldiers were also wounded in the attack.

Civilians killed in Beni attacks

At least 14 people have been killed in attacks on two villages in the Beni territory of North Kivu. Suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels raided the villages of Kisunga and Kamwanga on Thursday night, according to the Kivu Security Tracker project. Thirty people are also missing following the attack, while a health centre in Kisung was looted and torched.

Gunmen attack villages near eastern border

Gunmen have attacked two villages near the eastern border with Rwanda and Uganda. Local officials said the assailants stormed Tshanzu and Runyoni in the Rutshuru territory late on Sunday evening. Lieutenant-Colonel Muhindo Luanzo, the assistant to the administrator of Rutshuru, said fighters from the M23 rebel group was responsible for the attack. The group was active between 2012 and 2013 before they were forced to retreat by Congolese security forces.

Gunmen target security forces in Bukavu

Unidentified gunmen have attacked the Congolese security forces in the eastern city of Bukavu. Heavy fighting was reported in the town in the early hours of Wednesday morning. According to local security officials, the assailants were trying to release fighters who were being detained at the Bukavu police station. South Kivu provincial governor, Theo Kasi Ngwabidje, said the army had restored order, although gunfire was still reported in the Kadutu and Bagira areas.

MSF suspends operations in Bambu

Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has suspended its operations in the Bambu area of Ituri province in response to an attack on its staff. Aid workers were returning from Itendey hospital to Bunia when they came under fire from suspected Cooperative for Development of the Congo (CODECO) fighters on Thursday afternoon. "This is unacceptable, we condemn all forms of obstruction and violence against medical assistance, our patients and members of our staff," said Frédéric Lai Manantsoa, head of mission of MSF in Ituri.

MSF convoy attacked in Djugu

A Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) convoy has come under fire in the Djugu territory of Ituri province. Aid workers were returning from Itendey hospital to Bunia when they came under fire from suspected Cooperative for Development of the Congo (CODECO) fighters on Thursday afternoon. A driver and another member of the convoy were wounded in the attack.

Three ADF fighters killed near Oicha

At least three Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) militants have been killed by the Congolese army (FARDC) near Oicha in North Kivu. The militants were killed during an operation between the villages of Baiti and Ngubo on Thursday. Two AK-47 rifles and ammunition were recovered, according to FARDC spokesman Cpt Anthony Mualushayi.

Five wounded in Tanganika attack

At least five people have been wounded after a militia raided a village in Tanganika province. Villagers from Kyoko in Nyunzu territory were injured during the raid, which has been blamed on the Twa militia. Around 15 people were reportedly kidnapped during the attack, although they have been released following the payment of a ransom.

Head of electoral commission sworn in despite opposition

The head of the electoral commission has been sworn in despite opposition from two religious groups. The Catholic church and the largest protestant group voted against Denis Kadima's nomination as head of the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI). Several opposition MPs also refused to endorse him in parliament, claiming that President Felix Tshisekedi forced through Kadima's nomination. "Supporting the irregularities that have punctuated the process of endorsing CENI members will inevitably lead the country to a new cycle of disorder," said Moise Katumbi, who is rumoured to be a candidate in the 2023 presidential elections.

Two new cases of Ebola reported in Beni

Two new cases of Ebola have been reported in the Beni area of North Kivu. Mumbere Luhavo Damulu, a communicator for the Provincial Health Division (DPS), said the cases were in the Butchili health area. There have been six cases of Ebola during the latest outbreak of the virus in Beni.

Troops clash with CODECO fighters in Ituri

The Congolese army (FARDC) has clashed with members of the Cooperative for Development of the Congo (CODECO) militia in Ituri. Fighting erupted on Sunday in the Malabo area of Djugu territory. There was no official comment on casualties, although a soldier and four militia fighters during an earlier exchange in Dada.

Hostages freed by rebels in South Kivu

More than 50 hostages have been freed by rebels in Fizi, South Kivu. The victims, who were largely members of the Banyamulenge community, were released on Sunday and are now being hosted in the Mushimbakye IDP camp. They had been abducted during recent clashes with Mai-Mai rebels in the area.

Students storm parliament in Kinshasa

Hundreds of students stormed parliament in Kinshasa on Thursday to demand higher salaries for teachers. The students are angry that they have not been able to study due to a teachers strike that started on 4 October. "You do not belong in the street, you belong at school and if you are not at school, you should be at home," the first vice-president of DR Congo's national assembly, Jean-Marc Kabunda told the students.

Sixteen killed in latest ADF attack

At least 16 civilians have been killed in the latest attack attributed to the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) in North Kivu. Local monitoring group Kivu Security Tracker said gunmen targeted the villages of Mayele, Kalembo and Toya in the Beni region on Wednesday night. A spokesman for the security forces (FARDC) said troops had clashes with ADF militants in the area.

Rwandan troops cross into DRC to pursue smugglers

Rwandan troops crossed into neighbouring DR Congo while in pursuit of smugglers. In a statement, the Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) said the security forces entered the Rubavu sector on Monday. "The RDF and FARDC maintain good relations and continue to collaborate on security matters," said the RDF; however, a spokesman for the Congolese army said its forces clashed with their Rwandan counterparts. “A military company of Rwandan forces reached five kilometres into Congo…You can’t explain how armed forces cross the border firing guns," Brig Gen Sylvain Ekenge told the BBC.

Thirteen killed in clashes over land dispute

At least 13 people have been killed and dozens more wounded in clashes over a land dispute in western DR Congo. Kungu territory administrator Jean-Pierre Elongo said fighting took place between rival Longotebe and Kungu communities between Monday and Wednesday. "The inhabitants of these two groups are fighting over areas for collecting caterpillars," Elongo said. Around 50 houses were also torched in the violence.

Ten police wounded in clashes with mob, Mbuji-Mayi

At least 10 police officers have been wounded in clashes with a mob in Mbuji-Mayi. Around 40 people were arrested during the unrest, which erupted in the Matshipisha neighbourhood on Wednesday night. Local reports said the incident was linked to the arrest of a young person in the district last weekend.

Three killed in attack in South Kivu

Three villagers have been killed in an attack by suspected Mai-Mai militia fighters in the Mutambala sector in South Kivu. The incident took place in the villages of Magunga 1, Magunga 2 and Kakuku on Wednesday. Officials said that several houses were torched during the raids. “We had no intervention from the army because we have already spent almost two weeks here without the soldiers. The lives of the people are really in danger here," a local resident told reporters.

Popular musician arrested in Butembo

A popular musician has been arrested by police in the north-eastern city of Butembo. Delcato Igengo has been accused of inciting violence against the security forces. His supporters have gathered to protest over his detention and to demand his release.

Fears over new Ebola outbreak in North Kivu

There are fears over a new outbreak of Ebola in the eastern province of North Kivu after a three-year-old boy died with the virus. The victim was hospitalised in Beni and died on 6 October; a sample was sent to Goma and confirmed to be positive. "Thanks to the experience gained in the management of the Ebola virus disease during previous epidemics, we are confident that the response teams... will manage to control this epidemic as soon as possible," said the health ministry in a statement.

Four kidnapped in Virunga National Park

Four people have been kidnapped by gunmen in Virunga National Park. The victims were travelling towards Goma when they were intercepted and taken into the bush. The incident came after four staff from the US-based  International Medical Corps were kidnapped in South Kivu province.

Dozens killed in Bumba shipwreck

At least 40 people have been killed and 100 others are missing following a shipwreck near Bumba. The convoy of vessels was returning from the town of Moenge when the accident happened on Wednesday night in Engengele. Many of the victims were buried at the scene. Local officials said the vessels were overloaded with passengers and cargo.

Five killed in ambush on Bunia-Kasenyi road

Five members of the same family have been killed in an ambush on the Bunia-Kasenyi road. Gunmen targeted the victims near the Mbogu bridge on Wednesday evening. A group known as the Alliance for the Liberation of Congo (ALC) is suspected of carrying out the attack.

Four civilians kidnapped in Rutshuru

Four civilians have been kidnapped by armed men in the Rutshuru area of North Kivu. The assailants stormed a village in the Gisigari area on Sunday morning. Local residents called on the security forces to deploy troops to the area.

Eleven killed in suspected ADF attack, Ituri

At least 11 people have been killed in a suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) attack in Ituri province. Gunmen attacked the Komanda shopping mall and the surrounding area. Several houses and businesses were torched during the raid.

Six killed in ADF attack near Beni

At least six people have been killed in a suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) attack in North Kivu. Gunmen raided the villages of Kamaghando and Kyarutavira in the Bash Chiefdom in the early hours of Thursday morning. A further 10 civilians are missing and feared kidnapped following the raid.

Rights groups call for release of journalist

Rights groups have demanded that Congolese officials release a journalist detained on terrorism charges. Sosthene Kambidi was arrested in Kinshasa on Monday night for possessing a video showing the killing of two UN sanctions monitors in 2017. He worked for the Actualite.cd news site and previously contributed to the Radio France International (RFI). Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and Reporters Without Borders (RSF) all called for Kambidi to be released, adding that he has been denied access to a lawyer.

Catholic priests attacked in Bukabu

Gunmen have attacked two Catholic priests near the city of Bukavu in South Kivu. Unknown gunmen dressed in police uniforms stormed the parish of Saint Francois Xavier on Monday. The priests were tied up and tortured during the attack before the assailants fled with stolen goods.

Fourteen killed in Ituri attack

At least 14 people have been killed in an attack in Ituri province. Suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels carried out a raid in the Tsani Tsani area on the border with North Kivu. Several of the victims were reportedly beheaded in the attack, which took place on Saturday.

Police assault journalist during crackdown on protest

Congolese police have been accused of assaulting a journalist during a protest in Kinshasa. Patient Ligodi, a journalist working for Radio France International (RFI), was targeted while interviewing opposition leader Martin Fayulu, who had organised the protest against alleged election meddling. Officers also fired tear gas to disperse the small crowd during the event on Wednesday. Government spokesman Patrick Muyaya said in a statement that police had used excessive force and that it was launching an investigation.

Two women accused of witchcraft lynched in South Kivu

Two women accused of witchcraft have been lynched in South Kivu. The victims were targeted in the village of Misisi in the Ngandja sector after they were accused of causing the death of a mother of seven. Earlier this month a woman was killed by her daughter in Mboko after she was also suspected of witchcraft.

President Tshisekedi has Moderna Covid-19 vaccine

President Felix Tshisekedi has received a dose of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine. In July the president rejected a dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine due to concerns about blood clots. Last week 250,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine were delivered to the country; only around one percent of the population has been vaccinated so far.

Four killed in clash between FARDC and CODECO

Four people have been killed and seven others wounded in clashes between the Congolese army (FARDC) and the Cooperative for the Development of Congo (CODECO) militia in Ituri province. The fighting was reported in the Chudjaarea of Djugu, according to local sources, and two of the victims were children returning home from school.

Meningitis outbreak confirmed in north-eastern DRC

An outbreak of meningitis has been declared in north-eastern DR Congo. At least 120 people have died from the disease since the first cases were reported in the Banalia area in July, while more than 100 people are currently receiving treatment. The UN health agency also said that there is a high case fatality ratio of 50 percent. "We are moving fast, delivering medicines and deploying experts to support the government’s efforts to bring the outbreak under control in the shortest possible time,” said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa. 

DR Congo receives 250,000 doses of Moderna vaccine

DR Congo has received 250,000 doses of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine through the global Covax programme. The batch, which arrived in the country on Monday, is part of six million doses due to be delivered to the country. Earlier this year 300,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine had to be destroyed after they expired amid a slow roll-out. Less than 100,000 people in the country have received a dose of a Covid-19 vaccine so far.

Dozens killed in latest ADF attack, Ituri

At least 30 people have been killed by suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels in the northern state of Ituri. Initially, 14 victims were discovered in Walese Vonkutu before a further 16 were found in the nearby bush. A UN source also confirmed the attack, which took place on Saturday, to the AFP news agency.

Twelve killed in DRC by toxic leak from Angolan mine

At least 12 people have been killed in DR Congo following a toxic leak from a diamond mine in Angola. Around 4,500 people are also sick after the leak infected a tributary of the River Congo and poisoned fish, which people in the area then ate. DRC's Environment Minister Eve Bazaiba said the government would seek damages, while there have been no officials comment from the owners of the Catoca mine.

Gunmen attack convoy in Ituri

Suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) gunmen have ambushed a convoy in Ituri province. Multiple casualties have been reported but the exact toll has not yet been established. The incident took place near the town of Ofai on Wednesday morning. “The ADF rebels cut the convoy in half,” local civil society official Dieudonne Malangayi told the AFP.

Two killed in Goma shooting

Two civilians have been killed and six others wounded in a shooting in the eastern city of Goma. A shooting erupted during an attempted robbery in a shop in the city on Monday. A state of siege remains in place in the area, although local residents have complained that insecurity is still rife.

ADF kidnap children in Ituri

The Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) have kidnapped 11 children in Ituri province. Local reports said rebels stormed the village of Zunguluka in the Irumu area on Sunday night. They abducted five girls and six boys aged between nine and 17 before fleeing the area.

Former health minister arrested over missing Covid-19 funds

Former Minister of Health Eteni Longondo was arrested on Friday for alleged misappropriation of funds. "The former Minister of Public Health, Dr Eteni Longondo, was questioned at length by the prosecutor at the Court of Cassation and placed under provisional arrest warrant this evening. I do not know if he is already in prison," an anonymous MP told the AFP news agency. Longondo, who was in office between 2019 and April 2020, has been accused of embezzling more than seven million dollars intended for use in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

Civilians killed in ADF attack, North Kivu

At least 19 civilians have been killed in an attack blamed on the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) in North Kivu. Red Cross workers found many of the victims in a forest near the village of Kasanzi; they had been burned and hacked to death. Several houses were also torched in the raid on Friday.

Nine killed in ADF attack, Butembo

At least nine people have been killed in a suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) in Butembo. Gunmen raided the village Katanda in the early hours of Friday morning. Several residents are also missing and feared kidnap, while the assailants torched houses during the attack. The chief of the chiefdom said this was the first ADF attack in the area and suggested that the rebels were moving to new territory due to increased military operations in and around Beni.

Gunmen torch hospital in Ituri

Suspected Cooperative for the Development of Congo (CODECO) fighters have torched a hospital in Ituri province. One person was killed and another wounded in the blaze, which also destroyed medical equipment at the Kilo general referral hospital in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Scores of people have fled the area, including those from Kama, Agonema, Kabakaba, Anyolo and Bunzenzere.

US forces set to join counter-terrorism operations

DR Congo President Felix Tshiseked has authorised the deployment of US special forces to join counter-terrorism efforts in the east of the country. The forces will work with the Congolese army (FARDC) in its fight against militant groups including the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), specifically in the national parks of Virunga and Garamba. Thousands of people have been killed by armed groups in North Kivu, South Kivu and Ituri in recent years.

Ten arrested at Kinshasa protest

Ten demonstrators have been arrested by police in Kinshasa. The owners of bars, nightclubs and restaurants gathered to denounce the restrictions imposed by the government due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The protesters were detained and taken the Lufungula camp, according to local reports.

Kenyan troops head to DRC on stabilisation mission

A contingent of troops from the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) have been deployed to DR Congo on a stabilisation mission. The troops will join other soldiers from Nepal, South Africa and Tanzania to form the Force Intervention Brigade, which falls under Chapter Seven of the UN Security Council. The force will provide security for UN personnel and installations in eastern DR Congo, along with supporting the local security forces in its fight against rebel groups.

Journalist killed in North Kivu attack

A journalist has been killed in an attack in the eastern province of North Kivu. Heritier Magayane, who worked for the national broadcaster and was based in Rutshuru, had his throat slit in the village of Bunyangula. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

ADF kill 16 in Ituri raids

At least 16 people have been killed in a suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) attack in Ituri province. Local reports claim that the rebels stabbed the victims, who had been kidnapped weeks earlier, on the main highway near Idohu on Monday. “We will reinforce our presence in the region,” Ituri’s military governor, Johnny Luboya Nkashama, told the AFP news agency.

Scores killed in fuel truck accident near Kinshasa

At least 33 people have been killed after a fuel truck collided with a bus near Kinshasa. The accident happened in the early hours of Sunday morning near the village of Kibuba, 80km from the capital. Police said an investigation is underway into the cause of the crash.

Six killed in clashes between ADF and troops near Beni

Four rebels from the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) have been killed in clashes with the Congolese army (FARDC) near Beni. A soldier and a civilian also died in the exchange, which took place near the town of Halungupa in the Ruwenzori sector on Friday. The FARDC recovered weapons from the rebels, while a military spokesman said a clearing operation was underway in the area.

Two killed in CODECO attack, Ituri

Two people have been killed in an attack blamed on the Cooperative for the Development of Congo militia (CODECO) in Ituri province. Gunmen targeted farmers in the village of Tsa in the Bahema-Nord area on Thursday afternoon. Earlier this week suspected CODECO fighters killed a man and injured his wife in an attack in the Maze area, closed to a camp for displaced people.

Police fire tear gas at student protesters, Kinshasa

Police have fired tear gas at student protesters outside the University of Kinshasa. The group had gathered to voice their anger at the death of another student, Honore Shama. The protesters claim Shama was shot dead by a police officer after he was accosted for not wearing a mask. "Despite his (Shama's) explanations and after having shown him a mask, the policeman, who was expecting to be offered money, became infuriated, accused him of resisting and shot him at point-blank range," a student told the AFP. The officer has reportedly fled the capital and is on the run.

Civilians killed in North Kivu ambush

At least 16 people have been killed in an ambush in North Kivu province. The victims were returning from a weekly market on the road between Maimoya and Chani-chani when they were targeted on Thursday evening. “The ambush is the work of ADF [Allied Democratic Forces] roaming the area. They also fired a rocket,” said Lewis Saliboko, a local activist.

Activist jailed for incitement

A Congolese activist has been jailed for "incitement to civil disobedience." The Kinkole peace court sentenced Jacky Ndala to 24 months in prison and issued him with a $250 fine. Prosecutors produced a video of him calling on Together for the Republic party members to storm parliament to stop a debate on the "Congolite" bill, which proposes to stop people whose parents were not both Congolese from running for president.

Former PM placed under house arrest

Former Prime Minister Augustin Matata Ponyo has been placed under house arrest as part of an investigation into allegations of embezzlement. Ponyo, who is now a senator, faces charges after the Senate agreed to a demand by the prosecutor of the Constitutional Court to remove Matata’s parliamentary immunity. His lawyer, Laurent Onyemba, said the charges against his client were politically motivated.

Police arrest Mai-Mai leader in North Kivu

Congolese police have arrested the leader of the Mai-Mai militia in North Kivu province. Kambale Kabamba was detained in Kyona in the Pakanza district of Oicha. He will be handed over to a military tribunal to be charged with his involvement in the group's attacks in the area.

Curfew imposed in Beni

A curfew has been imposed in the eastern city of Beni following two bomb attacks in the city. "I don't want to see anyone in the street," said Beni's mayor, Col Narcisse Muteba. Two people were wounded in an attack on a Catholic Church on Sunday, while one person died when a bomb they were carrying detonated outside a bar in the city. Muteba said there was information that other attacks are planned.

Two wounded in church bombing in Beni

At least two people have been wounded after a bomb exploded inside a church in the eastern city of Beni. The device exploded shortly before a confirmation ceremony was due to take place at the Roman Catholic church. They were targeting a large crowd because the ceremony would bring together children, their parents and the faithful," Beni's vicar general Laurent Sondirya told the AFP. The Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) is suspected of being behind the attack.

MONUSCO peacekeepers clash with CODECO militia

The peacekeepers of the United Nations organization mission for the stabilization of the Congo (MONUSCO) have repelled an attack by Cooperative for the Development of Congo militia (CODECO) rebels in Ituri province. Gunmen targeted the village of Rhoo, 60km north of Bunia, in the early hours of Wednesday morning. There was no official confirmation of casualties on either side.

IDPs kidnapped near Boga

At least 30 internally displaced people (IDPs) have been kidnapped near Boga in Ituri province. Suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels carried out the attack early on Sunday morning. There has been an increase in rebel attacks in the area, which is located close to the border between Ituri and North Kivu.

Seven soldiers kidnapped in South Kivu

Seven Congolese army soldiers have been kidnapped in South Kivu. The troops were abducted in Illundu, seven kilometres from Minembwe, on Tuesday. Local media reported that they were taken by fighters from the Twirwaneho armed group in response to the arrest of local residents. Officials from the Banyamulenge community accuse the Congolese army, especially the unit detached in the Sokola 2 operational sector, of "collaborating with rebel groups including the Mai-Mai and arming them instead of protecting residents".

Seven killed in Boga attack

At least seven people have been killed in a suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) attack in Boga, Ituri province. The victims of the raid, which took place on Tuesday, include a local pastor. Several homes were also torched by the assailants. "With the current situation in Boga which is deteriorating day by day, the army must intervene urgently in order to restore peace on the spot, this by tracking down the rebels who are hiding in the peripheral bushes of the group", said local official Gili Gotabo.

Three family members killed in Bunia attack

Three members of the same family were killed in an attack in Bunia, Ituri province on Saturday. Gunmen shot the victims at point-blank range in the Hoho district. Local police have opened an investigation into the attack.

Hospital attacked in eastern DRC

At least 10 civilians have been killed in an attack on a hospital in the eastern village of Boga. Matthias Gillman, a spokesman of the UN peacekeeping mission (MONUSCO), called for increased security, while Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said the hospital was destroyed in the raid. Seven farmers were also killed in a separate attack along the border of Ituri and North Kivu provinces. Both incidents have been blamed on the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebel group.

Martial law extended in eastern region

A 'state of siege' has been extended in the restive eastern region for an additional 15 days. The move means martial law will continue to apply as rebel attacks continue in the North Kivu and Ituri provinces. The government imposed the measures in early May in a bid to quell violence, replacing civilian authorities with military administrations. Conditions were further worsened when Mount Nyiragongo erupted just weeks later, causing widespread destruction and killing at least 31 people. The extension comes after 55 people were killed by rebel fighters on Monday and 11 gold miners were killed by a local armed group in Djugu, north-eastern Ituri.

MSF warns that half a million left without access to water

The Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) charity has warned that almost 500,000 people have been left without drinking water near the eastern city of Goma following the eruption at Mount Nyiragongo. A reservoir and water pipes were damaged when the volcano erupted on 22 May, while hundreds of thousands were forced to flee and abandon their homes. "We are assisting the immediate needs of displaced people, but it is not enough," said Magali Roudaut, MSF head of mission in DRC. The charity also warned that cholera is endemic in IDP camps in the area.

Scores killed in ADF attacks

At least 39 people have been killed in attacks on two villages in Ituri province. At least 20 people died in Tchabi and 19 were killed in the village of Boga, according to the Kivu Security Tracker (KST). Local officials blamed both attacks on the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) group. Earlier this month President Felix Tshisekedi proclaimed a 30-day "state of siege" in North Kivu and Ituri in response to the increasing violence.

Cholera outbreak hits IDP camp near volcano

An outbreak of cholera has been reported at a camp for people displaced by the eruption of  Mount Nyiragongo. Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF) said it has been providing drinking water to limit the spread of the outbreak in the town of Sake. At least 32 people were killed and hundreds of homes destroyed by the eruption.

Multiple earthquakes reported after volcanic eruption

The DRC has been hit with 61 earthquakes within a 24-hour period on Saturday since the eruption of the Mount Nyiragongo volcano. A report from the Goma Volcanic Observatory (GVO) stated that the volcano’s crater "continues to collapse, which contributed to the earthquake and caused ash emissions visible from” the city of Goma. The tremors have been felt as far as the Rwandan capital of Kigali. Safety concerns have grown among local communities as officials are warning of a second potential eruption. The Murara volcano in an uninhabited area of Virunga has also erupted.

Police fire tear gas at Kinshasa rally

Police fired tear gas to disperse protesters in the capital, Kinshasa, on Friday. Hundreds of people had gathered in support of Union pour la Nation Congolaise (UNC) chief, Vital Kamerhe, who is serving a 20-year jail term over corruption and embezzlement charges. Kamerhe's supporters said the trial was a political move designed to prevent him from standing for president.

Two wounded during student protests, Lusambo

Two people have been wounded during student protests in Lusambo, Sankuru province. Students threw projectiles at the provincial director of the Teachers' Supervision and Control Service (SECOPE) on Thursday outside the Professional Technical Institute. Several windows were also smashed during the unrest and classes were disrupted.

ADF raids kill 22 near Beni

At least 22 people have been killed in a series of raids in villages near the eastern town of Beni. Suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels carried out the attack on Wednesday. Several villagers from Bulongo are missing and feared kidnapped following the incident, which comes three weeks after the government declared martial law in North Kivu and Ituri provinces.

Volcano evacuation order issued in Goma

A mass exodus has been triggered in Goma as tens of thousands flee the city after an evacuation order was issued on Thursday due to a high risk of new eruptions from Mount Nyiragongo. The evacuation orders come after the volcano erupted over the weekend, killing at least 32 people and leaving about 20,000 people homeless. Powerful aftershocks also hit the region on Tuesday morning and due to the continued volcanic activity, officials say they can't rule out further eruptions. It's feared new eruptions could occur suddenly and without warning with potentially devastating consequences. The volcano's last major eruption in 2002 killed around 100 people.

Death toll rises after Mount Nyiragongo eruption

At least 15 people have now been confirmed dead following the eruption on Mount Nyiragongo on Saturday night. More than 500 houses were destroyed by the flow of lava near the eastern city of Goma, forcing 30,000 people in the area to evacuate. UNICEF officials said 170 children are feared missing and transit centres are being set up to reunite families.

Thousands evacuated from Goma after Mount Nyiragongo erupts

Thousands of people have been evacuated from the eastern city of Goma after Mount Nyiragongo erupted. The region military governor, General Constant Ndima, said the lava came to a halt near Buhene on the outskirts of Goma in Sunday morning. Five people were killed in accidents linked to the eruption and power outages have been reported across the region. The volcano last erupted in 2020, killed more than 250 people and displacing 120,000 others.

FARDC captures Ituri villages from rebels

The Congolese army (FARDC) has recaptured more than 20 villages from the Cooperative for the Development of Congo (CODECO) rebel group. The villages, located in the Walendu Pitsi, Djatsi and Tatsi areas, were abandoned due to attacks by the Lendu militia. Lieutenant Jules Ngongo, the army spokesman in Ituri, said the areas are now safe for people to return home to.

Death sentences handed down over Eid clashes

Twenty-nine people have been sentenced to death for their alleged involvement in the violence that erupted in Kinshasa on Thursday. Two rival groups clashed outside the Martyrs' Stadium in the capital over plans to celebrate the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Fitr. One police officer was killed and dozens of people were wounded in the unrest. The death penalty is not applied in the country and the accused will serve life sentences.

Police officer killed during Eid clashes, Kinshasa

A police officer has been killed during clashes between rival Muslim groups in Kinshasa. The violence was sparked by a dispute between two rival groups over the location of Eid celebrations in the capital. Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the crowd outside Martyrs' Stadium. Several people were also wounded in the unrest and a police vehicle was torched.

Women report sexual abuse by Ebola aid workers

More than 20 women have said that they were sexually abused by aid workers in eastern DR Congo during the recent outbreak of Ebola. The victims said they were offered work in exchange for sex by men who claimed to work for various aid groups, including the UN, in the city of Butembo. "One woman said she was raped by a man who said he was with the WHO, and reporters learned of three others who said they had become pregnant," according to an investigation by The New Humanitarian (TNH) and the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Last year more than 50 women said they had been the victims of sexual exploitation in the city of Beni.

Malawian peacekeeper killed in ADF attack, North Kivu

A Malawian peacekeeper has been killed in an attack by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) in North Kivu. The attack took place in the village of Kilia, 18km south-east of Beni, on Monday morning. "Malawi has lost a courageous, hardworking and disciplined female soldier," the Malawi Defence Force (MDF) said in a statement.

Governor Zoe Kabila impeached in Tanganyika

Governor Zoe Kabile, brother of former President Joseph Kabila, has been impeached in Tanganyika province. The motion was supported by officials allied to President Felix Tshisekedi and follows a wider rift between the two political rivals. Officials loyal to the former president boycotted the session against Zoe Kabila, who is accused of mismanagement.

Officials declare end of Ebola outbreak

Congolese officials have announced the end of the latest outbreak of Ebola in eastern DR Congo. The Ministry of Health said the 12th outbreak was over, three months after the first new case of the virus was confirmed. The WHO Regional Office for Africa welcomed the news and praised the efforts of health workers in containing the outbreak, which killed six people.

Muslim cleric shot dead in Beni

A senior Muslim cleric has been shot dead at a mosque in the eastern city of Beni. Sheikh Ali Amini was targeted during evening prayers on Saturday. The gunman fled the scene following the attack and there was no immediate claim of responsibility from any of the rebel groups operating in the area, including the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF). The incident comes after President Felix Tshisekedi declared a "state of siege" in North Kivu and Ituri due to the insecurity in the two eastern provinces.

State of siege declared in north-east

President Felix Tshisekedi has declared a "state of siege" due to the ongoing violence in Ituri and North Kivu provinces. “The objective is to swiftly end the insecurity which is killing our fellow citizens in that part of the country on a daily basis,” said government spokesman Patrick Muyaya on Friday. It has not been revealed what measures will be included under the state of siege, although an increase in troop deployment is expected.

Footballers attacked in Mbuji Mayi

A Congolese football team has been attacked after a match in the central city of Mbuji Mayi. TP Mazembe, based in Lubumbashi, had just beaten FC Sanga Balende when the team was targeted by rival supporters. Four players were injured in the attack on Wednesday, including Zambian national Kabaso Chongo.

Twelve killed in latest Beni attacks

At least 12 people have been killed in the latest attacks attributed to Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels in North Kivu. Gunmen targeted the village of Banande-Kainame in the Eringite area of Beni on Saturday, killing four people. Eight people also died in a separate attack on the village of Bangu, during which several houses were torched. Local residents complained that the army was failing to provide security for local communities.

DRC seeks $4bn in compensation from Uganda

DR Congo's government is seeking $4.3m in compensation from Uganda over its conflict in the 1990s. A lawyer representing Kinshasa told judges at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) that Uganda's invasion and occupation of its eastern territory caused "breaches of human rights that were verging on barbarity." In 2005 the ICJ ruled that Uganda's invasion was illegal and ordered the two countries to negotiate reparations, but those talks failed. Uganda will make its submissions to the court later this week.

Former minister arrested in corruption probe

A former minister has been arrested as part of a probe into corruption in the education ministry. Willy Bakonga, who was appointed as education minister August in 2019, was detained in the neighbouring Republic of Congo on Tuesday. It has been estimated that around $31m in public funds has been lost to embezzlement; earlier this year the World Bank said it was suspending a $100m payment for free primary education due to concerns about fraud and corruption.

Four killed in attack on army camp in Butembo

Four people have been killed in an attack on a military camp in Butembo. Suspected Mai-Mai militiamen targeted the Rughenda camp on Monday night. The mayor of Butembo Sylvain Kanyamanda said the situation is now under control.

Covid-19 vaccination campaign underway in DRC

DR Congo started its Covid-19 vaccination campaign on Monday using doses of the AstraZeneca vaccines that it received at the start of March. Health officials postponed the deployment of the vaccine due to fears over its safety and efficacy, although officials have now stated that it is safe. "Priority will be given to health personnel, people who suffer from chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and basic social personnel, that is to say those who are in constant contact with the public," said Health Minister Eteni Longondo.

Two ADF rebels killed in clashes with FARDC

Two suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels have been killed in clashes with the Congolese army (FARDC) in North Kivu. The fighting took place in the Lume and Masambu areas of Beni on Monday night. Two soldiers were also wounded in the exchange.

President Tshisekedi consolidates power with new cabinet

Prime Minister Jean-Michel Sama Lukonde has announced a new cabinet that consolidates power for President Felix Tshisekedi. The new government of the Sacred Union coalition, which the president formed in December after breaking ranks with former President Joseph Kabila, only includes 10 members of the previous cabinet. “The size of the government has been reduced, women’s and young people’s participation has been taken into account. Principles of representation and inclusivity have been upheld,” said Lukonde on Monday.

Twenty kidnapped by CODECO gunmen

At least 20 people have been kidnapped by suspected Cooperative for the Development of Congo (CODECO) gunmen in Ituri province. The militia stormed the village of Nyeniza in the Djugu territory early on Saturday morning. Several houses were torched during the raid.

Protester shot dead in Butembo

A protester has been shot dead during a rally against UN peacekeepers in Butembo, North Kivu. Police said the victim was hit by a stray bullet as officers tried to disperse the crowd. “Stones were thrown when police moved in to remove a barricade. Unfortunately, a demonstrator was hit by a stray bullet and died,” said Jean-Paul Ngoma, local police chief. There have been several large rallies against the UN mission (MONUSCO) in North Kivu; on Thursday large crowds gathered in Beni, Butembo and Goma.

Dozens arrested during anti-UN protests

At least 60 people have been arrested during protests against the UN mission in DR Congo - MONUSCO. Police fired live rounds to disperse the crowds, who had gathered in the city of Beni to demand that the mission leave the country for failing to protect civilians from rebel groups. “We only demand two things: for MONUSCO to leave and for the Congolese government to take its responsibility so that we can have peace,” Clovis Mutsova, a member of youth activist group LUCHA, told reporters. Similar protests were also reported in Goma and Butembo on Thursday.

Seven FARDC soldiers kidnapped in Masisi

Seven Congolese soldiers have been kidnapped in the Masisi area of North Kivu province. Members of a Mai-Mai militia linked to the Alliance of Patriots for a Free and Sovereign Congo (APCLS) have been blamed for the attack. An army spokesman said troops have been deployed to track down the kidnappers and rescue the hostages.


ADF rebels kidnap 20 in Ituri

Suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels have kidnapped at least 20 people in the Irumu area of Ituri province. The victims were abducted from the villages of Mungwanga and Mangeleza on Sunday night. Local residents said the rebels took the hostages to neighbouring North Kivu province.

Oxfam suspends two staff in DRC over sex exploitation claims

The UK charity Oxfam has suspended two of its staff members in DR Congo over allegations of sexual exploitation. The charity said it had taken the decision following an external investigation into the allegations. The Times newspaper reported that a 10-page letter signed by more than 20 current and former staff had been sent to the charity's senior leadership team in February. It included allegations that dated back to 2015, and the signatories said they had "lost faith in Oxfam's promises of accountability and in the principles Oxfam says it stands for". 

ADF rebels kill 23 in North Kivu

At least 23 people have been killed in an attack by suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels in North Kivu. Gunmen targeted the village of Manyama-Moliso late on Tuesday night. The Congolese army (FARDC) were dispatched to the scene and troops killed two assailants.

Thirteen killed in Kasai clashes

At least 13 people have been killed in clashes between two rival communities in Kasai province. Local officials said members of the Luba community attacked people from the Kuba group in the town of Bakuakenge on Monday. The home of a local senator was torched during the violence and many local residents were forced to flee the area.

Twenty kidnapped by Mai-Mai militiamen in Lubero

Twenty people have been kidnapped by suspected Mai-Mai militiamen in the Lubero area of North Kivu. Local officials claimed that gunmen raided the village of Kalonge in the Batangi on Thursday night. The assailants have demanded a ransom from the victim's families.

US embassy warns of kidnap threat in Garamba National Park

The US embassy has warned of an increased threat of kidnapping in the Garamba National Park. The embassy warned people not to travel to the Haut-Uele province. Multiple armed groups currently operate in north-eastern DR Congo.

Twelve civilians killed in latest ADF attacks

At least 12 people have been killed in the latest attacks attributed to the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) in eastern DR Congo. Gunmen carried out raids in the villages of Kapoko, Mangimu, Mabanga and Petineko on Monday and Tuesday. Several people were also abducted during the raids, according to local officials.

Dozens killed in Ituri clashes

At least 30 people have been killed in clashes between the Congolese army (FARDC) and the Cooperative for the Development of Congo (CODECO) militia in Ituri province. Army spokesman Jules Ngongo said that the fighting was sparked when gunmen targeted two villages in the Djugu territory earlier this week. He claimed that the army has regained control of the area and is pursuing the militia.

Ebola death tolls rise in Guinea and DRC

The Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said there have been 30 confirmed cases of Ebola and 15 deaths in the separate outbreaks in Guinea and DR Congo (DRC). There have been 12 cases and six deaths in DRC and 18 cases and nine deaths in Guinea. The Africa CDC also said that there had been several alerts in Sierra Leone but all of the tests conducted there have returned negative results.

Ugandan fishermen abducted on Lake Albert

At least 16 Ugandan fishermen have been abducted by suspected rebels from DR Congo on Lake Albert. The assailants stole four boat engines and other material during the raid, which took place in the Hoima district on Sunday. Local Ugandan police said they were working with their Congolese counterparts to track down the hostages.

ADF kill 12 in attack near Beni

At least 12 people have been killed in an attack blamed on the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) near Beni, North Kivu. Assailants armed with knives and other weapons raided the village of Bulongo late on Sunday. "We fear that this toll could increase, especially since the enemy operated for several hours. The victims were executed with pickaxes and machetes,” Mambo Kitambal, head of a civil society group in Bulongo, told the AFP. Last week the US designated the ADF as a "foreign terrorist organisation."

Two suspected thieves killed by mob

Two suspected thieves have been killed by a mob in the Himbi district of Goma. The pair were burned alive in the early hours of Thursday morning on Avenue du 30 Juin. No arrests have been made in connection with the attack.

Gunmen attack MONUSCO base, North Kivu

Gunmen have opened fire on a UN mission (MONUSCO) base in North Kivu. The facility in Baraka was targeted by unknown assailants on Monday evening. No personnel were wounded in the incident, although there was some damage to the perimeter of the base.

Three new cases of Ebola confirmed in North Kivu

Three new cases of Ebola have been confirmed in North Kivu province. Eugene Nzanzu Salita, health minister for the province, said the new cases were detected in the Butembo health zone. There have now been 11 confirmed cases and four deaths in the latest outbreak which began last month.

Five humanitarian workers briefly kidnapped in South Kivu

Five humanitarian workers were briefly kidnapped in South Kivu province. The interim administrator of the Fizi territory, Jean de Dieu Mabiswa Selemani, said the staff were released on Monday afternoon. They included members of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) who were abducted a few hours earlier in the Mutambala area. Last year Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF) said it was withdrawing from the Fizi territory due to several attacks against its teams.

Hostages released by LRA rebels

The Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebel group has released 27 hostages in Bas-Uele. The group included five young children and six women and included people from South Sudan, DRC and the Central African Republic. They were being held in a camp in the Zapays locality.

ADF kill villagers in Ituri and North Kivu raids

At least 10 civilians have been killed in attacks blamed on the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) in the provinces of Ituri and North Kivu. Eight people were decapitated in the village of Boyo, while two others were killed in Kainama. Army spokesman Lieutenant Jules Ngongo said troops were in pursuit of the rebels.

Two kidnapped in South Kivu

Two people have been kidnapped in the Uvira area of South Kivu. Unidentified gunmen carried out the raid in the Lemera area on Tuesday evening. One of the victims was identified as Kundu Matendo, a teacher at Kibanga primary school. No ransom demands have been made so far.

ADF kill 13 in North Kivu

At least 13 people have been killed in two attacks blamed on the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) in North Kivu. Gunmen killed 11 people in the village of Kisima near Beni before a soldier and civilian died in another raid in Oicha. The Congolese army (FARDC) confirmed the attacks.

Interior ministry accuses FDLR of deadly Goma attack

DR Congo's interior ministry has accused the Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) of carrying out Monday's deadly attack near Goma. The Italian ambassador Luca Attanasio, an Italian police officer and a driver died when a World Food Programme (WFP) convoy came under fire. The FDLR has rejected the accusations and countered with claims that the armies of DRC and Rwanda were responsible. “The responsibility for this despicable killing is to be found in the ranks of these two armies and their sponsors who have forged an unnatural alliance to perpetuate the pillaging of eastern DRC,” said the rebel group in a statement.

Italian ambassador killed in attack on UN convoy

Italy’s ambassador to DR Congo and two other people have been killed in an attack on a UN convoy near Goma. Luca Attanasio, a military police officer and a driver died in the attack outside Kanyamahoro on Monday morning. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

President Tshisekedi appoints new PM

President Felix Tshisekedi has named Sama Lukonde Kyenge as DR Congo's new prime minister. Kyenge is the former head of the state mining company Gecamines. He replaces Sylvestre Ilunga Ilunkamba, who resigned after losing a vote of no confidence in parliament. The change follows a power struggle between Tshisekedi and his predecessor Joseph Kabila.

Ebola vaccination campaign underway in Butembo

An Ebola vaccination campaign is underway following an outbreak of the virus in Butembo. Around 8,000 doses of the Ervebo vaccine, which were developed during the previous major outbreak, will be used in the latest campaign. There have been four confirmed cases of Ebola since 7 February.

Sixty dead after boat capsizes in Mai-Ndombe

At least 60 people have died and hundreds more are missing after a boat capsized in Mai-Ndombe province. There were approximately 700 people on the boat at the time of the accident, which occurred near the village of Longola Ekoti in Mai-Ndombe. Rescue workers have managed to recover 300 survivors and search operations are ongoing. Boat accidents are common in the country and are often the result of overloaded vessels.

ADF kill troops and civilians in Ituri raids

At least 11 civilians and three soldiers have been killed in an attack blamed on the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) in the Ituri region. Gunmen raided the town of Ndalya on Sunday, according to Ituri province army spokesman Lieutenant Jules Ngongo. He told the AFP that four ADF militants were also killed by the Congolese army (FARDC).

Several killed in attacks on Lubumbashi military camps

An attack by seperatist rebels on two Lubumbashi military camps has resulted in the deaths of four security personnel and one civilian. The rebels targeted the camps of Kimbembe and Kibati. Alain Uayakani, reporting from the capital Kinshasa, said: “The army said they have succeeded in pushing back the militia from the town. The militia are mixed amongst the population and the operation to fully clear them from the city and surrounding areas may take days.” Incursions by the Bakata-Katanga, fighting for the region to secede from DRC, occur frequently in Lubumbashi.

Third case of Ebola detected in North Kivu

Health officials have confirmed the third case of Ebola in North Kivu province. The case was discovered in the city of Butembo, which was the epicentre of the outbreak that ended in June. “We are in a meeting to gather all the information on the investigations done around this case,” said provincial health minister Eugene Nzanzu Salita. A batch of 1,200 doses of Ebola vaccine was sent to the city on Friday, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Mai-Mai militiamen surrender to FARDC

A group of 29 Mai-Mai militiamen have surrendered to the Congolese army (FARDC) in Lubero, North Kivu. “Under the authority of Governor Nzanzu Kasivita, we are in Lubero with the Leopard group which has just surrendered with around thirty men but also with 2 firearms and several arrows. The 10 women had 4 children," said Jacques Katembo Makata, Coordinator of the Interprovincial Commission for Support of the Awareness, Disarmament, Demobilization and Community Reintegration Process (CIAP-DDRC).

Fourteen killed in train derailment

At least 14 people were killed when a train derailed in south-east DR Congo early on Monday morning. The accident occurred at the Lusendji bridge in Haut-Lomami province. An official from the National Railways of Congo (SNCC) said the victims were stowaways on a freight train. The train hit a closed bridge, according to SNCC official Marc Manyanga.

Five killed in ADF attack, North Kivu

Five civilians have been killed in a suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) attack in North Kivu. Gunmen raided the village of Halungupa in the Beni area on Sunday. Several shops were looted and torched during the attack.

New case of Ebola detected in eastern DRC

A new case of Ebola has been detected near the city of Butembo in eastern DR Congo. “The provincial response team is already hard at work. It will be supported by the national response team which will visit Butembo shortly,” the health ministry said in a statement on Sunday. A woman who had symptoms of the virus died in hospital in Butembo on 3 February. More than 70 people who came into contact with her are being tracked. The incident comes almost three months after the previous outbreak ended in Equateur province.

Six killed in ADF attack, Beni

Five civilians and a Congolese soldier from the FARDC have been killed in a rebel attack in the Beni area of North Kivu. Suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels carried out the ambush in the Rwenzori sector on Thursday. The assailants also torched five motorcycles.

Majority of senators push to remove Kabila ally

More than 60 senators are pushing for the resignation of upper house leader Alexis Thambwe Mwamba, a key all of former President Joseph Kabila. Mwamba has been accused of embezzling more than $3m in public funds and on Monday prosecutors at the country’s top court had written to ask the upper house to allow an inquiry to be opened against him. The move comes days after the resignation of pro-Kabila Prime Minister Sylvestre Ilunga Ilunkamba. President Felix Tshisekedi has been attempting to limit the power of his predecessor and the removal of Mwamba and Ilunkamba is part of this process.


Four ADF rebels killed in Rwenzori

Four rebels from the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) have been killed by the Congolese army (FARDC) in North Kivu. Troops also arrested two other fighters after the ADF launched an attack in the village of Bahatsa near Mwenda on Thursday. Six AK-47s were recovered from the scene.

One dead in Kasai landslide

At least one person has been killed and four others are missing following a landslide in Kasai province. The incident occurred at an illegal diamond pit in the Tite district on Thursday. There are dozens of artisanal pits in the area which are illegal but permitted by some local officials.

PM Ilukamba loses no-confidence vote

Prime Minister Sylvestre Ilunga Ilukamba has lost a no-confidence vote in parliament. Ilukamba, who is an ally of former President Joseph Kabila, said the vote was "a political manoeuvre devoid of factual justification." He has been given 24-hours to resign. Last month President Félix Tshisekedi ended a coalition with his predecessor, while in December rival politicians clashed inside parliament.

Six fishermen kidnapped by CAR rebels

Six Congolese fishermen have been kidnapped by suspected Central African Republic (CAR) rebels on the Ubangi river. The victims went missing last Monday near the Pito islet, according to a fisherman who managed to escape and raise the alarm. He claimed that the kidnappers were members of the Anti-Balaka militia and were led by Ngiambi Gbialo. The assailants have demanded a ransom for the hostages.

WFP agent kidnapped in North Kivu

An agent from the World Food Program (WFP) has been kidnapped in North Kivu. The victim was abducted in the Masisi - Loashi axis by unidentified gunmen on Tuesday. The administrator of the Masisi territory, Bertin Lukonge, confirmed the incident and called on the kidnappers to release the agent.

Gunmen kill 46 in Ituri province

Gunmen have killed at least 46 people in a raid on a village in Ituri province. The attack took place in the village of Batonga in Irumu territory early on Thursday morning. The provincial interior minister Adjio Gidi said the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) was behind the attack.

Barge sinks on Congo River

Up to 25 people are feared dead after a barge sank on the Congo River. “A barge, which was leaving Kisangani for Basoko, sank on Friday evening. The toll today is six bodies which have been recovered, 237 survivors and 19 missing,” Tshopo’s vice governor, Maurice Abibu Sakapela, told the AFP. He added that several people have been arrested in connection with the accident following allegations that the barge was poorly maintained.

Student protests dispersed by police in Bukavu

A student protest has been dispersed by police in Bukavu in South Kivu. Congolese National Police (PNC) fired tear gas and live rounds during the protest at Independence Square on Tuesday. The students were demanding that university classes resume after academic institutions suspended teaching due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Six rangers killed in Virunga ambush

Six rangers have been killed in an ambush in the Virunga national park in eastern DR Congo. Several others were also wounded in the attack, which took place on Sunday. “We confirm this sad news. A group of armed men attacked our positions in the region of Nyamitwitwi in the middle of Virunga national park,” said Olivier Mukisya, a Virunga spokesman. The incident is the latest attack against rangers in the park; more than 200 have been killed, including 12 last April. There was no immediate claim of responsibility from the various armed groups operating in the region.

Woman and two children drown on Lake Kivu

A woman and two children have drowned after a passenger boat capsized on Lake Kivu. Regional government spokesman Claude Basila said 46 passengers had been rescued and two others are still missing. The boat was travelling to the city of Goma when it capsized on Tuesday night.

Rebels kill 22 civilians in North Kivu

Suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels have killed at least 22 civilians in an attack in North Kivu province. Local officials said gunmen targeted the village of Mwenda in the Beni territory on Monday night. The assailants used machetes and bladed weapons to carry out the attack. Around a dozen villagers are also missing and feared kidnapped.

Dozens killed in ADF attack near Beni

At least 25 people have been killed in a suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) attack in Beni territory. Gunmen targeted farmworkers in the village of Tingwe on New Year's Eve. Several other people were abducted during the raid. "We alerted our forces that the ADF had passed through from the east to the northeast of Eringeti. They did not respond quickly," said Bravo Muhindo, a civil society representative.

Boat accident leaves 26 dead on Lake Albert

At least 26 people have died in a boat accident on Lake Albert. More than 20 people were rescued, local official Ashraf Oromo told the AFP. The boat was travelling between two locations on the Ugandan side of the lake, although the victims included both Ugandan and Congolese nationals. The accident occurred during strong winds. "Because of failure to adhere to safety measures and fast-changing weather patterns, Lake Albert has many accidents," regional police marine officer Samuel Onyango told AFP.

Three ADF rebels killed by army near Beni

Three Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels have been killed by the Congolese army (FARDC) in the Beni region of North Kivu. Troops recovered two AK47 rifles following the exchange, which took place in the Mayangose forest. FARDC spokesman Lieutenant Antony Mualushayi said operations against the rebels are ongoing.

Parliament speaker voted out of office

Parliament's speaker, Jeanine Mabunda, has been voted out of office by lawmakers in DR Congo. The decision comes amid clashes between allies of President Felix Tshisekedi and supporters of his predecessor, Joseph Kabila. Earlier this week there were several fights between rival politicians inside parliament and Mabunda was impeached after she was accused of "partisan leadership." She was an ally of Kabila and the vote will result in a parliamentary majority for Tshisekedi.

Anger in parliament as president threatens to dissolve national assembly

Lawmakers loyal to President Felix Tshisekedi have overturned desks and destroyed furniture as political tensions increase in DR Congo. The president said on Sunday that he will try to build a new coalition in the national assembly, which is dominated by supporters of his predecessor, Joseph Kabila. Tshisekedi also threatened to dissolve the assembly and hold fresh elections if that failed.

MSF withdraws from eastern DRC

Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF) has withdrawn from South Kivu due to the insecurity in the region. "It is with great sadness that we have come to the difficult decision to end so much of our support," said Ellen van der Velden, MSF operational manager. "It is not something we come to lightly. But after several security incidents directed at our staff in Fizi territory, the predictability of further incidents and potential further serious harm to our staff has reached a threshold that we are no longer able to accept." The Ministry of Health is taking over the provision of medical care.

Former militia leader jailed for war crimes

A former militia leader has been sentenced to life in prison for war crimes. Ntabo Ntaberi Sheka was convicted of “murder, rape, sexual slavery and enlisting children under 15 years old” at a military court on Monday. Sheka led the Nduma Defence of Congo (NDC) militia in North Kivu in 2010. He turned himself into UN peacekeepers in 2017.

Dozens killed by ADF in North Kivu

At least seven people have been killed in a suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) attack in the Beni region of North Kivu. Gunmen targeted villagers in Kokola on Tuesday morning, according to the UN. The bodies of 29 people were later discovered in the Virunga National Park, according to Jean-Bosco Sebishimbo, the interior minister of North Kivu province. It is not yet clear when they were killed.

Seven killed in suspected ADF attack

At least seven people have been killed in an attack by suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels near Beni in North Kivu. Gunmen shot six civilians and a soldier during the raid in Kisima over the weekend. Fifteen houses were also torched during the attack, which lasted for more than four hours.

Five soldiers killed in rebel attack, Ituri

Five soldiers have been killed in a rebel attack in the north-eastern province of Ituri. Five members of the security forces were also wounded when gunmen targeted a military post near Bunia on Tuesday. Troops eventually managed to repel the assailants, and local officials have blamed the Cooperative for the Development of the Congo (CODECO) for the attack.

UN Secretary-General proposes plan on MONUSCO withdrawal

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has proposed a plan to end the mandate of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO). AP reported that in a letter addressed to the Security Council, the plan would allow the gradual transferring of responsibility from MONUSCO forces to the Congolese military. Politically, the DRC has seen significant improvements since President Felix Tashisekedi replaced long-standing leader Joseph Kabila. The process could be difficult to materialise due to recurrent incidents still being reported in North and South Kivu regions. Among the key conditions identified is the preparation of the 2023 elections.

Scores killed in militant raid in North Kivu

At least 18 people have been killed in the north-eastern region of North Kivu. Local officials claimed that the attack was carried out by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) in the village of Bayeti. According to reports, the victims were targeted when militants raided the village and set homes on fire. Bayeti is located in the town of Mamove, where more than 42 people were killed in October. ADF rankings are mainly comprised of Ugandan rebels who widely operate in north-eastern DRC.

Ten women abducted near Goma

Ten women have been abducted by armed men near the city of Goma. The victims were seized by suspected bandits in military uniforms in the Ndosho area of Karisimbi on Tuesday night. According to reports, the kidnappers have demanded a ransom of $80k to free the hostages.

Gunmen free 900 prisoners from Beni prison

Suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) gunmen have freed around 900 prisoners from a jail in the eastern city of Beni. Heavily armed fighters attacked the Kangbayi central prison in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Two imates were shot dead during the assault. “We believe that it was the ADF who did this,” said Modeste Bakwanamaha, the town’s mayor. Hundreds of inmates escaped from the facility during a similar attack in June 2017.

Hundreds displaced by clashes between FARDC and APCLS militia

Hundreds of people have been displaced by clashes between the DRC army (FARDC) and the APCLS militia in Masisi territory. One soldier has been killed and another wounded in the fighting, which has been ongoing in Katuunda and Kalungu Bapfuna since Sunday. Local officials have called on the government to improve security in the area.

WHO staff accused of sexual abuse

The World Health Organization (WHO) said it will investigate allegations that its staff members sexually abused and exploited women in DR Congo. At least 51 women have given interviews in which they recounted multiple incidents of abuse during the 2018-2020 Ebola crisis. “The actions allegedly perpetrated by individuals identifying themselves as working for WHO are unacceptable and will be robustly investigated,” the WHO said in a statement, adding that “we do not tolerate such behaviour in any of our staff, contractors or partners”.

Security forces thwart rebel attack in Lubumbashi

The security forces have repelled a rebel attack in the city of Lubumbashi. Two police officers were beheaded and a soldier was killed during the attack before the security forces manage to launch a counter-offensive. Pro-independence fighters were attempting to seize key strategic buildings in the city, which is the capital of the mineral-rich southeastern province of Haut-Katanga.

Two killed in ADF attack on health centre, North Kivu

Two people have been killed in an attack on a health centre in the Beni region of North Kivu. Suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels carried out the raid in the village of Musuku on Monday. Several villagers also fled to the larger towns of Beni, Oicha and Mangina.

Three aid workers kidnapped in South Kivu

Three aid workers have been kidnapped in the Uvira territory of South Kivu. Unidentified gunmen abducted staff members from Concern Worldwide, based in Ireland, on Monday. Last week an aid worker was killed and two others kidnapped in an attack in neighbouring North Kivu.

Ten killed in ADF attack, Mbau

At least 10 civilians have been killed in an attack by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) in North Kivu. Gunmen targeted two neighbourhoods in Mbau, 20km north of Beni, on Sunday evening. Two houses were torched and cattle were stolen during the raid, while 10 people are also missing and feared to have been taken hostage by the rebels.

Two killed in attack at wildfire sanctuary

Two people have been killed in an attack at a wildlife sanctuary in eastern DR Congo. Soldiers and park rangers at the Okapi Wildlife Reserve (RFO) carried out an operation to clear illegal gold miners from the site, sparking a confrontation. Four civilians were also wounded in the clashes.

One killed and two missing in Lubero

A humanitarian worker has been killed and two others are missing following an attack on a convoy in the Lubero area of North Kivu province. The attack took place between Kasiki and Lufou on Wednesday evening. The victims worked for the World Vision organisation, which distributes aid to people in the region.

Dozens feared dead in gold mine collapse

At least 50 people are feared dead after a gold mine collapsed in eastern DR Congo. The mine in Kamituga in South Kivu caved in on Friday following torrential rain, which caused a landslide. "Their bodies are buried under the rubble, there is no chance that there will be any survivors," said the town's deputy mayor, Ngandu Kamundala. Many of the victims were young people, according to local officials who decreed "two days of mourning and anger" to "not only mourn our compatriots but also denounce the precarious conditions in which all the miners work."

Dozens killed in Ituri attacks

Almost 50 people have been killed in attacks in the north-eastern province of Ituri. Suspected members of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebel group carried out the raids in the Tshabi area. “People were killed with every sort of weapon, knives, guns,” a member of the Nyali community in Tshabi, Richard Balengilyao, told AFP. A further 17 people are missing and feared kidnapped.

FARDC repel rebel attack in Oicha

The Congolese armed forces (FARDC) have repelled an attack in the eastern town of Oicha in North Kivu. Gunmen attacked the troops in the Mabasele district on Wednesday but were forced to retreat. Local sources claim that Mai-Mai rebels were responsible for the attack.

Gunmen enter the town of Bunia in Ituri

Dozens of heavily armed rebel fighters have entered the town of Bunia in the north-eastern province of Ituri. There is some confusion after officials said members of the Codeco militia were escorted into the town by police. The largely Lendu militia has carried out multiple attacks in the province in recent months, although the government has been trying to convince its fighters to surrender.

Armed men attack female students in Haut-Uele province

Several female students have been raped by members of an armed militia in the north-eastern Haut-Uele province. The students were attacked on the eve of their final year examinations. Last week around 700 students and teachers fled following another raid on an examination centre near the border with South Sudan.

Scores killed in village raids in Beni

At least 20 people have been killed in attacks against several villages in the eastern region of Beni. Reuters reported that the incident happened on Monday in Mapasana, Sayuni and Mayitike. Authorities claimed that members of the Ugandan group Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) are behind the attacks. The incident comes days after another massacre was reported in Beni. The ADF widely operate in the eastern DRC. According to the UN, the ADF has already killed more than 1,000 people since 2019.

Government declares end of measles outbreak in the DRC

DRC's government has claimed that a major measles outbreak declared more than a year ago has ended. Health Minister Eteni Longondo said: “After several strategies mounted at the ministry level, we have just put an end to this epidemic". Over the course of 14 months, more than 7,000 children are believed to have died of measles. Some claim that the response to the outbreak was compromised due to efforts being focused on several other diseases, including Ebola and, most recently, coronavirus.

CODECO declares unilateral ceasefire in Ituri

The Cooperative for the Development of Congo (CODECO) has declared a unilateral ceasefire after successive attacks against ethnic rivals in the eastern province of Ituri. CODECO announced the decision on Monday. The group was formed by the Lendu people that are known rivals of the Hema people. So far this year, more than 600 people have died as part of ethnic clashes between them, leading President Felix Tshisekedi to urge CODECO to cease hostilities in the region. Violence in Ituri emerged in 2017 but it has escalated last year after a military crackdown.

Opposition leaders return to Kinshasa after months abroad

Two prominent opposition leaders have returned to the DRC after several months stranded abroad due to coronavirus restrictions on international travel. Martin Fayulu and Adolphe Muzit of the Coalition Lamuka arrived in Kinshasa's N'djili Airport over the weekend. Both held the coalition's first political rally this year in N'djili, where thousands attended the ceremony. During a speech, Fayulu pushed for early-elections and criticised President Felix Tshisekedi. Fayulu ran for office in 2018 in a highly contested vote. He claimed victory but the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) declared President Tshisekedi the winner. Last month, protests broke out in the DRC after parliament nominated Ronsard Malonda to become the new head of the CENI.

Three shot dead in Dablo ambush

Three people have been killed by unidentified gunmen in Dablo, Ituri province. The mayor of the rural town of Mungwalu, Jean-Pierre Bikilisende, said the attack took place on the Mungwalu-Dala road on Sunday. The victims were travelling on motorcycles when they came under fire.

Soldier shoots two civilians in North Kivu

A soldier has shot and wounded two civilians in the town of Beni in North Kivu. According to reports, the incident occurred at a bar where the three men had been drinking on Sunday night. An investigation into the shooting is underway.

Protesters gather outside Ministry of Interior, Kinshasa

A protest is underway outside the Ministry of Interior in Kinshasa. The US embassy reported that protesters are burning tyres and blocking roads in the Gombe area of the city. People are advised to avoid the area.

Two armed robbers shot dead by police, South Kivu

Two armed robbers have been shot dead by police in South Kivu. Locals reported an act of robbery in the Cahi district to police, who dispatched officers to the scene. The suspects were killed in an exchange of fire with the police, who recovered weapons and ammunition at the scene.

Classes resume weeks after end of state of emergency

Some classes in the DRC have resumed weeks after the end of the coronavirus state of emergency in the country. From Monday, some primary and secondary school students have returned to class to conclude their current academic year. Classes have been suspended across the DRC since late March. So far, the country has reported nearly 10,000 cases and 220 deaths.

Nineteen killed in CODECO attacks, Djugu

At least 19 people have been killed in a series of attacks on villages in the north-eastern province of Ituri. Suspected members of the Cooperative for the Development of Congo (CODECO) militia carried out the raids in the Djugu territory on Sunday. Local officials said the attacks took place in the villages of Liseyi, Liberia and Tsulo in the Banyali Kilo sector.

Inebriated soldier kills 12 in gun rampage in South Kivu

At least a dozen people have been gunned down after a soldier engaged in a shooting spree in the eastern region of South Kivu. According to the regional authorities, the soldier opened fire in the town of Sange, which is located several kilometres from the DRC border with Burundi. Initial investigations suggested that the soldier was inebriated when he opened fire at civilians.

Driver kidnapped near Virunga National Park

A driver has been kidnapped by bandits near the Virunga National Park. The victim was targeted in the Rutshuru territory of North Kivu province on Saturday evening. No ransom demands have been made so far, according to local officials.

Eight killed in CODECO attack, Mayolo

At least eight people have been killed in an attack in the north-eastern province of Ituri. Suspected Cooperative for the Development of Congo (CODECO) rebels carried out the attack in the village of Banyali-Kilo in Mayolo on Tuesday. The incident follows another raid in the area earlier in the week, during which five people were killed.

Government lifts state of emergency

DR Congo's government has announced the end of a four-month state of emergency, which was imposed to curb the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19). President Felix Tshisekedi made a televised address where he outlined a timetable for the resumption of economic activities. Schools, universities and other educational establishments will reopen on 3 August, while places of worship, stadiums, airports and international borders will be reopened from 15 August. There have been 8.543 confirmed cases and 196 deaths.

Three Congolese soldiers killed by M-23 rebels

Three FARDC soldiers have been killed and another wounded in an ambush blamed on M-23 rebels in North Kivu. The troops were targeted in Bikenke in the Rutshuru territory on Tuesday morning. The March 23 Movement fought an insurgency between 2012 and 2013 before declaring a ceasefire. However, there have been reports that some former fighters have taken up arms again after becoming disillusioned with the peace process.

Police clash with protesters in major cities

Police have clashed with protesters in major cities across DR Congo. Rallies were held in the capital Kinshasa, Lubumbashi, Kananga, Mbuji-Mayi, Beni and Kisangani on Thursday after Interior Minister Gilbert Kankonde banned all protests. Hundreds of members of President Felix Tshisekedi's Union for Democracy and Progress (UDPS) were dispersed near parliament in Kinshasa. The unrest was sparked by plans by the National Assembly, which is dominated by supporters of former President Joseph Kabila, to name a new head of the country's election panel. The former president still holds considerable power in the country, leading to tensions with his successor.

Health workers strike over salaries

Health workers in Kinshasa have gone on strike over the non-payment of salaries. Strike leaders said they have not been paid in more than three months, while doctors and nurses who have contracted coronavirus (Covid-19) have been fired. Earlier this year Prime Minister Sylvestre Ilunga said $10m had been allocated to help fight the virus, although to date only $1.5m has been given to officials managing the response.

Rebels killed eight in South Kivu

Rebels fighters have killed six soldiers and two civilians in an attack in South Kivu province. Amy spokesman Dieudonne Kasereka said the attack was carried out by members of the Makanika, an alliance of local armed groups, and took place in the village of Tuwetuwe on Friday. The assailants torched 15 houses during the raids.

Billionaire denies money laundering claims

An Israeli billionaire has denied claims that he tried to evade US sanctions through a money-laundering network. The Platform to Protect Whistleblowers in Africa (PPLAAF) and campaign group Global Witness said mining investor Dan Gertler moved millions of dollars through Afriland First Bank’s branch in DR Congo. "Gertler appears to have used a money-laundering network stretching from the Democratic Republic of Congo to Europe and Israel to evade US sanctions against him, funnel millions of dollars abroad, and acquire new mining assets in DR Congo," the report said.

Ten killed in CODECO attack, Ituri

At least 10 people have been killed in another attack by the Cooperative for the Development of Congo (CODECO) militia in Ituri province. The latest raid was carried out in the town of Mugulumoya in the Irumu territory on Sunday night. Several of the victims were children, according to local officials. CODECO, a militia largely comprised of members of the Lendu community, has carried out multiple attacks in Ituri province over recent months.

Two killed in CODECO attack, Ituri

At least two people have been killed by suspected members of the Cooperative for the Development of Congo (CODECO) militia in Ituri province. Gunmen targeted a village in the Maze area of Djugu territory late on Saturday evening. Local officials said the assailants stole valuables and livestock during the raid. Several houses and a school were also torched in the village of Lenga in Bahema Bajere.

Ebola outbreak over in north-east

Congolese officials have said that the outbreak of Ebola in the north-east of the country is officially over. Health Minister Longondo Eteni said the outbreak, the 10th in the country's history, has officially ended. "Congratulations to the DRC govt, @MinSanteRDC & the people of DRC for this victory over one of the longest & deadliest Ebola outbreaks in history," said the WHO African Region on Twitter. However, there is another outbreak which is still active in the north-west. A case was announced in Mbandaka at the start of June.

Police fire tear gas at pro-government supporters

Police have fired tear gas at supporters of President Felix Tshisekedi in Kinshasa. Hundreds of people gathered outside parliament in the capital to protest about proposed changes to the justice system. The protesters claim the bill will give too much power to the justice minister and will protect allies of Tshisekedi's predecessor, Joseph Kabila.

President's chief of staff guilty of corruption

President Felix Tshisekedi's chief of staff has been found guilty of corruption. Vital Kamerhe was sentenced to 20 years' hard labour after he was found guilty of embezzling $50m of public funds. Lebanese businessman Jammal Samih was also sentenced to 20 years' hard labour for his role in the scheme. Kamerhe will also be banned for running for the presidency for 10 years after completing his sentence, prompting his supporters to claim that the trial was politically motivated.

ADF gunmen kill 19 in eastern DRC

Suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) gunmen have killed at least 19 people in two attacks in eastern DR Congo. Regional administrator Donat Kibwana said nine people were kidnapped and later killed on Friday in North Kivu. Ten civilians were also killed during an ADF raid in the village of Bukaka in Ituri on Saturday night. Two soldiers were also shot dead in a separate incident in Fizi in South Kivu.

Sixteen killed in clashes between FARDC and CODECO rebels

At least 16 people have been killed in clashes between the Congolese army (FARDC) and rebels from the Cooperative for the Development of the Congo (CODECO) in Ituri province. Local security sources said rebels ambushed a police patrol on Tuesday evening, sparking fighting in the Djugu and Irumu areas which lasted until Wednesday morning. Villagers were forced to flee their homes due to the fighting, while the army said several AK-47 rifles were recovered following the exchange.

Eleven dead in new Ebola outbreak

Health officials have recorded 17 new cases of Ebola in the western province of Equateur. Eleven of those infected have died, officials said on Monday. Last week there were 12 new cases reported. The recent outbreak is not linked to the previous cases in the east of the country, including in North Kivu and Ituri. The country is also battling a measles epidemic that has killed more than 6,000 people and an outbreak of coronavirus (Covid-19) that has killed 112.

Nine killed in latest Djugu attack

At least nine people have been killed in another attack near the town of Djugu. Suspected members of the Cooperative for the Development of the Congo (CODECO) militia raided the village of Lenga in Ituru on Wednesday morning. "These militiamen made their foray while people were asleep. They killed nine people with machetes and firearms, including four adults and five children. They also torched more than 150 houses and looted goats," said a member of a local civil society group.

WHO confirms new Ebola outbreak in Mbandaka

The World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed that 12 people have contracted Ebola. The latest outbreak has been confirmed in the north-western city of Mbandaka where the WHO initially confirmed six cases. Officials believe that this outbreak is different from a previous one reported back in 2018, where 33 people died. The DRC has reported three Ebola outbreaks in the last two years. WHO has already launched a major vaccination campaign to avoid the spread of the disease to the eastern regions. This has been considered as the 11th Ebola outbreak in the DRC. WHO confirmed that the 10th outbreak in North Kivu, South Kivu and Ituri is in its final stages.

ADF kills 38 in eastern DRC

At least 38 people have been killed in an attack by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) in eastern DR Congo. Rebels carried out a series of attacks across North Kivu and Ituri provinces, according to the UN. More than 500 civilians are estimated to have been killed by the group since the Congolese army (FARDC) launched an operation against them last November.

Dozens abducted by LRA in Bas-Uele

Dozens of people have been abducted by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) in the northern Bas-Uele province. Around 50 people were kidnapped when rebels attacked the village of Bili, close to the border with the Central African Republic (CAR) on Sunday. Local residents said most of the victims were teenagers. The LRA was formed in Uganda in 1987 and currently operates in DRC, CAR, Uganda and South Sudan.

HRW claims troops killed 55 sect members in Kongo

Human Rights Watch (HRW) claims that the Congolese security forces (FARDC) killed 55 members of an outlawed sect during clashes in the Kongo Central province last month. “The government needs to get to the bottom of these violent raids and hold wrongdoers to account, whatever their rank,” said Lewis Mudge, Central Africa director at HRW. “That’s the only way for the authorities to send a clear message that abuses and excessive use of force will not be tolerated.” The leader of the Bundu dia Kongo (BDK) sect, Ne Muanda Nsemi, was also arrested following a shootout with police in a residential area of Kinshasa in April.

Twenty killed in machete attack in DRC

At least 20 people have been killed in a machete attack in eastern DR Congo. Local officials said 17 people were also wounded after assailants raided a village in Djugu in Ituri province. "They cut with the machetes several of my compatriots, 20 have already died and more than 14 [are] seriously injured," said Solo Bukutupa, a local administrator. "It's unbearable to see people die like that. "The Cooperative for the Development of the Congo (CODECO) militia has carried out multiple attacks in the province in recent weeks.

Six killed by gunmen in Lubumbashi

Six people have been shot dead by gunmen in the city of Lubumbashi. Armed bandits opened fire during a robbery in the Kilobelobe district on Sunday night. Local officials called on the government to improve security in the area, adding that bandits had raided dozens of houses.

Ten killed in FPIC attack, Marabo

At least 10 people have been killed in an attack by the Patriotic Force and Integrationist of Congo (FPIC) militia in the eastern town of Marabo in Ituri province. A spokesman for the Congolese army (FARDC) said several soldiers and their families died during the raid. Several others were wounded and taken to the General Hospital in Nyakunde. FPIC fighters seized weapons and torched a military camp.

Sixteen killed in clashes in Ituri

At least 16 people have been killed in clashes between the Congolese army (FARDC) and the Cooperative for the Development of Congo (CODECO) militia in Ituri province. The fighting took place in the villages of Kabakaba, Esasi and Lisey in the Djugu territory on Monday. Lieutenant Jules Ngongo said two soldiers also died in the exchange, adding that the army will continue to pursue the group.

President Kagame accuses Burundi of fighting in DRC

Rwanda's President Paul Kagame has accused the Burundian security forces of fighting in eastern DR Congo. “Our intelligence collection tells us [that] we have forces from Burundi, government forces, operating in that region," said Kagame on Monday, while also denying that Rwandan troops were also operating across the border. “There is not a single soldier of Rwandan Defense Force that has gone to that territory…[and] the government of DRC knows the fact that not a single soldier of RDF is there,” he added. NGOs and local activists in DR Congo have accused both countries of supporting rebel groups in North and South Kivu.

Farmers killed by rebels in Ituri province

At least 23 farmers have been killed in an attack by rebels in Ituri province. Members of the Cooperative for the Development of Congo (CODECO) targeted a group of villagers as they headed to work in the fields in the Mahagi district. The group - an armed political-religious sect drawn from the Lendu ethnic group - had earlier killed 13 people in another part of the province.

Twelve rangers killed in Virunga park attack

At least 12 rangers have been killed in an attack at the Virunga National Park. Around 60 members of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) rebel group carried out the attack in the park on Friday. The rangers were escorting a group of civilians when they were ambushed. "Virunga Park Rangers were not the target of the assault, but lost their lives responding to the attack in defence of the local population," said the park in a statement.

Twelve drown on Lake Albert

At least 12 people have died after their boat capsized on Lake Albert in north-eastern DR Congo. The fishing boat was carrying passengers and goods when it capsized near Djugu on Wednesday. Five people survived the accident, the cause of which is not yet known.

Forty killed by flooding in eastern DRC

At least 40 people have been killed in flooding in eastern DR Congo. ''Forty people have lost their lives due to floods in Uvira city. If certain work is not carried out in this emergency, especially upstream of the Mulongwe River, more damage to buildings and deaths will take place,'' said Uvira Deputy Mayor Kiki Kapenda Kifara. More than 200 houses were also destroyed and 10,000 people displaced following several days of torrential rain.

Four militia fighters killed by FARDC in Ituri

Four militia fighters have been killed during an exchange of fire with the Congolese army (FARDC). Four others were captured during the operation, which took place in the villages of Ar and Golo in the Djugu area of Ituri. The militiamen were members of the Cooperative for the Development of Congo (CODECO), according to local officials.

Two dozen killed in Ituri raids

At least 23 people have been killed in attacks by militiamen in the Djugu area of Ituri province. Gunmen targeted the Buku villages of Ndoki-Koli and Dzathi between Sunday and Monday. Several of the victims were women and children, according to local residents, while two people are missing and feared kidnapped.

Two Ebola deaths reported in Beni

Two people have died from Ebola in the eastern city of Beni. The deaths were reported just days before the World Health Organization (WHO) was going to announce the end of the outbreak in DR Congo. There had been more than seven weeks without a new case and Sunday would have marked the end of the outbreak. A 26-year-old man and an 11-month-old girl both tested positive of the disease. More than 2,200 people have been killed in the outbreak since August 2018.

Police arrest president's chief of staff

Police have arrested the chief of staff to President Felix Tshisekedi during an investigation into the misappropriation of funds. Vital Kamerhe was detained on Wednesday and was driven to the Makala Prison in Kinshasa for questioning. A spokesman for the president said he does not comment on decisions of the justice system. Supporters of Kamerhe gathered in his hometown of Bukavu to protest against his arrest.

Three Chinese nationals killed in attack on mine

Three Chinese nationals have been killed in an attack on a mine in Ituri province. Gunmen carried out the attack near the border with Uganda on Saturday morning, according to Chinese officials. “Three Chinese citizens were unfortunately killed,” said the Chinese ministry in a statement, without naming the mine or the operating company.

Passenger bus attacked in Kinshasa over Covid-19 rumours

A passenger bus carrying people of European extraction has been attacked in the capital, Kinshasa. A large group of youths who claimed that Europeans had brought the coronavirus to DR Congo threw rocks at the bus on the Boulevard Lumumba. There have been 123 confirmed cases of the disease and eight deaths in the country.

Eleven wounded in Mbuji-Mayi clashes

At least 11 people have been wounded during clashes between police and Muya youth in the central city of Mbuji-Mayi. The violence was sparked by a dispute over supplies of drinking water in the area. Police officers fired tear gas to disperse the crowd at the intersection of the Kalonji and Kalambayi Nzevu avenues.

President's aide dies of Covid-19

An aide to President Felix Tshisekedi has died due to complications from the coronavirus (Covid-19). Jean-Joseph Mukendi wa Mulumba was the acting head of the president's legal advisory council. It is thought that he contracted the virus during a recent trip to France for a medical check-up. There have been 48 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in DR Congo.

DRC confirms first coronavirus case

Officials have confirmed the first case of coronavirus (Covid-19) in DR Congo. The patient is a Belgian citizen who recently travelled to Kinshasa. "We are tracking people who came into contact with him so that they too can be placed in quarantine, and tested," said Health Minister Eteni Longondo. Additional passenger screening is in place at Kinshasa airport.

Two dozen killed in militia attack, Ituri

At least 24 people have been killed and 12 others wounded in a suspected militia attack in the north-eastern Ituri province. Gunmen targeted a village in the Djugu territory late on Friday night. Local officials have attributed the attack to the Cooperative for the Development of Congo (CODECO), which also operates in South Sudan and Uganda.

Six killed in Ituri clashes

At least six people have been killed in clashes between the Congolese army (FARDC) and members of a local militia in Ituri province. Four fighters and two civilians were killed in the exchange, which took place near the village of Budhu on Sunday. The gunmen torched several abandoned houses in the Ndo Okebu region as they fled the scene.

Five hostages found dead in eastern DRC

Five hostages taken by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebel group have been killed in eastern DR Congo. The victims were abducted during an ADF raid in the village of Manzahlo on Monday, during which 10 people were killed. The hostages were founded dead in the Virunga National Park, according to local officials.

Twelve killed in rebel attack in eastern DRC

At least 12 people have been killed in a rebel attack in a village near Beni in eastern DR Congo. Suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels raided the village on Alungupa late on Monday night. The incident came as Jeanine Mabunda, the president of the National Assembly, was visiting Beni to meet survivors of previous attacks. Hundreds of people have been killed in the area in recent months.

Fourteen killed in road crash, Kinshasa

At least 14 people have been killed after a truck crashed into pedestrians in the capital, Kinshasa. "To date, there are 14 dead and several injured. There could be more than 30 injured," Health Minister Eteni Longodo said after visiting the scene. Early indications suggest that the vehicle's brakes failed prior to the accident.

Seven killed in Ituri raids

At least seven people have been killed in a suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) attack in the north-eastern province of Ituri. Five men and two women died in the raid, which took place in the village of Makeke on Sunday. "The attack happened in broad daylight," local official Mapengo Shabani told the AFP. "These terrorists also pillaged five shops. So far, we have not recorded any missing persons."

Seven killed in Mai-Mai attack, Beni

At least seven people have been killed in an attack carried out by suspected Mai-Mai fighters in the Beni region of North Kivu. Seven others were wounded during the raid, which took place on Friday night in the Mamove area. Meanwhile, gunmen have attacked an Ebola treatment centre in the neighbouring Ituri province. Two assailants were killed during the raid.

Rebels kill 36 in Beni raids

At least 36 people have been killed in a rebel attack in the Beni region of North Kivu. Suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) targeted several villages including Manzingi on Tuesday night. "They were all hacked to death. This brings [the toll] to 36 bodies," local Beni governor Donat Kibwana told the AFP news agency. Deadly attack on civilians has increased since the Congolese army (FARDC) launched its offensive on the ADF in October.

Fifteen dead as boat capsizes on Lake Mai-Ndombe

At least 15 people have died after a boat capsized on Lake Mai-Ndombe in western DR Congo. The vessel was carrying around 30 people when the accident happened on Monday. The passengers were returning from a funeral at the time of the accident, according to Mayor of Inongo, Cosmos Mboo Wemba.

Eight killed in FDLR attack, North Kivu

Eight people have been killed in an attack in the Rutshuru area of North Kivu. Suspected Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) rebels carried out the attack in the Kinyandonyi area on Wednesday morning. Local residents accused the Congolese army (FARDC) of allowing rebels to reclaim territory in the region. "It's been over a month since we alerted the authorities to talk about these FDLR who have become active again. We ask the authorities to get more involved and especially the army to relaunch the stalking operations, ”said MP Nzaghani. One person was also killed in another suspected FDLR attack at his home in Katwiguru.

Opposition politician calls for protest in Kinshasa

Opposition politician Martin Fayulu has called for a protest march in Kinshasa over the killing of civilians in North Kivu. “We are going to walk, to say that we are in mourning, for the killings of our brothers and sisters in Beni and everywhere, including Yumbi,” said Fayulu in a statement. He also accused Rwanda of using its armed forces to orchestrate the violence in eastern DR Congo. The rally is set to take place on Friday.

FARDC seizes rebel camp in forest area

The Congolese army (FARDC) has captured a camp used by Allied Democratic Forces (ADF). Troops seized the site in a remote forest area during operations against the ADF. The victory came after 30 soldiers and 40 rebels died during heavy fighting in North Kivu over the weekend. Rwanda has also backed the FARDC in its campaign against another rebel group, the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), which operates in North and South Kivu. "Thanks to the Congolese army, the days of the FDLR are numbered," said Olivier Nduhungirehe, Rwanda's minister for East Africa.

ADF rebels kill 30 soldiers in North Kivu

The Congolese army (FARDC) said 30 soldiers have been killed and 70 others wounded in an attack in North Kivu province. Army spokesman Major Mak Hazukai told reporters that the troops died during clashes with suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels in Madina. He added that 40 rebel fighters also died during the exchange. The FARDC launched its latest military offensive against the ADF back in October.

Ethnic killings may amount to war crimes and genocide, UN

The ethnic killings in Ituri province could amount to war crimes or even genocide, according to the United Nations. Hundreds of people have been killed in clashes between Hema herders and Lendu farmers over access to land. "The widespread nature of the organisation, the systematic nature, is certainly characteristic of crimes against humanity," UN human rights spokesman Rupert Colville told a briefing. "The burden of proof of genocide, the intent to destroy a whole part of a population, is far more difficult to prove."

 

Prisoners die of starvation at Makala prison

At least 17 inmates have died in of starvation in Makala prison. There have been no food supplies to the prison in Kinshasa for the last two months, according to officials. More than 8,000 prisoners have been forced to rely on their families to supply them with food. DR Congo's deputy minister, Celestin Tunda Ya Kasende, said there had been a delay in paying suppliers but claimed this was rectified on Monday.

Twelve killed in Beni attack

At least 12 people have been killed in an attack in the Beni area of North Kivu province. Suspected fighters from the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) carried out the raid in the Apetina area, west of Mayimoya, on Sunday night. The assailants also torched houses during the attack.

Fresh Ebola cases reported in eastern DRC

The World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed 11 new cases of Ebola in eastern DR Congo. There has also been the first documented case of a relapse, where a patient had contracted the disease for a second time. “Rare cases of relapse - in which a person who has recovered from EVD (Ebola) gets disease symptoms again - have been documented during past outbreaks, but this is the first relapse documented in this outbreak,” said the WHO in its latest report.

Five killed by ADF in Beni

Five people have been killed in an attack blamed on the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) in Beni. "This residual group will very quickly be eradicated by the Armed Forces of the DRC (FARDC)," said army spokesman Mak Hazukai. The group has killed more than 120 people since the start of November. Meanwhile, the FARDC killed a leader of the Nyatura militia in the Masisi area of North Kivu on Friday.

Seventeen killed in rebel attack, North Kivu

At least 17 people have been killed in a suspected rebel attack in North Kivu province. The Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) has been accused of killing 14 people in the village of Mantumbi, near Oicha, on Thursday afternoon. The attack came hours after three people were killed in the Kolokoko suburb of Oicha. Donat Kibwana, administrator of the Beni territory, said villagers had fled Mantumbi following the raid. In a separate incident, three civilians were wounded when an explosive device was thrown by two people on a motorcycle in Beni.

Measles more deadly than Ebola, WHO

More than 5,000 people have been killed in an outbreak of measles in DR Congo, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). "Right now the DRC outbreak is the largest outbreak worldwide,” said Kate O'Brien, director of the WHO's Immunization and Vaccines Department. “And we estimate, the country estimates that there have been as I said over 250,000 cases and over 5,000 deaths attributable to measles, which of course is more than Ebola, substantially more than Ebola and most of these are children and babies," she added. The outbreak of Ebola in the east of the country has killed more than 2,200 people.

Rebel leader captured in eastern city of Goma

A senior commander from the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) has been captured by the Congolese security forces in the eastern city of Goma. Asifiwe Nshimiyimana, the second-in-command of an elite unit, will be deported to the Rwandan capital, Kigali, for prosecution. An FDLR spokesman confirmed Nshimiyimana's capture but said the group will not be deterred.

Two killed in latest anti-UN protest

At least two people have been killed during the latest anti-UN protest in eastern DR Congo. The security forces blocked thousands of protesters from reaching a UN compound near the airport in Beni, North Kivu. There is increasing anger in the region of the failure of both UN peacekeepers and the Congolese army to protect civilians from rebel groups. On Friday 19 people were killed in a suspected ADF attack near the border with Uganda.

Ebola workers killed in eastern DRC

Three health workers have been killed and four others wounded in an attack in eastern DR Congo. The victims, who were assisting with Ebola response efforts, were targeted in Ituri province. "Attacks by armed groups in Biakato Mines and Mangina in #DRC have resulted in deaths and injuries amongst #Ebola responders. We are heartbroken that our worst fears have been realised," tweeted the head of the WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

Thirteen killed by ADF in restive east

At least 13 people have been killed in a suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) attack in North Kivu. Gunmen carried out deadly raids in the town of Oicha, 30km from Beni, early on Wednesday morning. The attack comes after protesters attacked UN camps and the town hall in Beni over the security forces' failure to protect civilians from rebel groups. "The army is already at the site and is pursuing the attackers," said local administrator Donat Kibwana.

Dozens killed in Kinshasa flooding

At least 39 people have been killed in flooding in DR Congo's capital, Kinshasa. Torrential rain caused landslides near the University of Kinshasa on Tuesday, while several houses have collapsed. “Wherever we found death, we gave the mayors the means to bring the bodies to the morgue, and we also made available the means for the wounded to be taken to medical centres,” said the vice governor of Kinshasa province, Néron Mbungu.

WHO evacuates staff from Beni office

The World Health Organization (WHO) has evacuated its staff from the eastern town of Beni following attacks on two UN bases. The WHO said 49 non-essential staff have left the country, although more than 70 others working on Ebola response efforts would remain. Four people were killed in Beni on Monday when protesters, angered by what the claim is a lack of protection against rebel fighters, attacked the UN bases and torched the town hall.

Gunfire erupts near UN camps, Beni

Gunfire has erupted near two UN camps in the eastern city of Beni. Protesters gathered on Monday to voice their anger at the killing of eight civilians by suspected ADF militants. The town hall was set on fire before the protesters headed to the UN facilities to complain about the lack of protection from the domestic and international security forces. Over the weekend a protester and two police officers were killed during clashes in the city.

Six killed in landslide, Mwenga

At least six people have been killed in a landslide in the Mwenga district of South Kivu. Heavy rain, which started late on Thursday, caused a hill to collapse in the Kabukungu neighbourhood. Four of the victims died when the landslide hit a house on Friday night. Two others died when a wall collapsed in Essence.

Dozens killed after plane crashes in Goma

At least 28 people have been killed after a passenger plane crashed into a house in the eastern city of Goma. The Dornier-228 plane came down in the Mapendo area just over a minute after it took off on Sunday morning. Seventeen passengers and two crew members were on the plane, while nine people were in the house which was hit. Initial reports suggest that the engine failed shortly after take-off.

Several killed in armed attack in Beni, North Kivu

At least eight people have been killed and more than a dozen others kidnapped during an armed attack in North Kivu, eastern DRC. An army spokesman told AP that members of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) raided several areas in Beni overnight on Tuesday. He claimed that the military was deployed, leading to clashes with the militants. According to the military, ADF has systematically targeting locals to pressure them not to cooperate with the security forces. The attack happened nearly a week after five people were killed in another ADF attack in Beni.

Two killed in Virunga ambush

Two people have been killed in an ambush in the Virunga National Park in North Kivu province. A guard and a driver died when they were targeted by gunmen in the park on Thursday. Another guarded was seriously wounded in the attack, according to park authorities. Virunga closed to the public for nine months last year after two tourists were kidnapped in the park.

Five killed in ADF attack near Beni

At least five people have been killed in an attack by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) near Beni in North Kivu. Gunmen stormed the Kichanga area of the town of Mayimoya on Monday. The area is located between a UN and Congolese army (FARDC) base, prompting local officials to voice their anger that more was not being done to protect civilians. The FARDC launched a military operation against the ADF and other rebel groups in North and South Kivu last month.

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 The 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