ACCRA (Reuters) – Islamic State has claimed responsibility for liberating about 20 prisoners throughout an assault in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo’s North Kivu province this week, in response to an announcement revealed on Friday by the SITE Intelligence Group.
Witnesses and a military spokesman blamed the assault, which killed at the least three individuals, on the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) – a Ugandan armed group which has pledged allegiance to Islamic State.
The U.S.-based SITE Intelligence Group, which follows militant web sites, republished an IS communique on Friday that claimed fighters had stormed and looted the city of Nobili earlier than breaking into the jail and recruiting prisoners into its ranks.
“The troopers of the Caliphate attacked a publish of the Crusader Congolese military within the city of Nobili, close to the Ugandan border, two days in the past, inflicting its personnel to flee,” the assertion mentioned, including that “they have been capable of free practically 20 Muslims detained within the jail there.”
ISIS has branded the ADF, alongside fighters in Mozambique, as its “Central Africa Province” (ISCAP), though the 2 teams are operationally distinct.
The United States attributed the deaths of 849 civilians to the group, which it calls ISIS-DRC, in 2020. More than 1,200 individuals have been killed in related assaults in 2021, in response to United Nations figures.
(Reporting by Cooper Inveen; Editing by Leslie Adler)