UN experts find no link between Islamic State and Congolese militia

31 December 2019

The United Nations Group of Experts on the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has said in its latest report that it "was not able to confirm any direct link" between the Islamic State and the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) militia that operates in the DRC's North Kivu province.

The now deceased Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi made a brief reference to his organisation having a Central African Province in August 2018. Affiliated media organisations then claimed in April that the group had carried out an attack on security forces in the Kamango area of North Kivu.

At the time, the attack was attributed to the ADF, which was originally a Ugandan rebel group that has emerged as the most dangerous of the many militias that operate in the mineral-rich North Kivu region.

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