Islamic State claims prison break in eastern Congo

ACCRA, Feb 4 (Reuters) – Islamic State claimed the release of around 20 prisoners in an attack in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s eastern province of North Kivu this week, according to a statement released Friday by the SITE Intelligence Group.

Witnesses and an army spokesman blamed the attack, which left at least three people dead, on the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) – a Ugandan armed group that has pledged allegiance to Islamic State. Read more

The US-based SITE Intelligence Group, which tracks militant websites, reposted an IS statement on Friday claiming that fighters stormed and looted the town of Nobili before breaking into the prison and to recruit prisoners into its ranks.

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“Caliphate soldiers attacked a Crusader Congolese army post two days ago in the town of Nobili, near the Ugandan border, causing its personnel to flee,” the statement said, adding that “they have was able to release nearly 20 Muslims held in the prison there.”

ISIS has designated the ADF, alongside fighters in Mozambique, as its “Central African Province” (ISCAP), although the two groups are operationally separate.

The United States has attributed the death of 849 civilians to the group, which it calls ISIS-DRC, in 2020. More than 1,200 people were killed in similar attacks in 2021, according to United Nations figures. Read more

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Reporting by Cooper Inveen; Editing by Leslie Adler

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