The US government, located in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, has warned of a possible terrorist attack in Goma, in the east of the country, where armed conflict has been raging for months.
The US Embassy in Kinshasa said the risk of a terrorist attack, unrest, armed attack or kidnapping in Goma, North Kivu, has increased and could rise in the coming days.
The DRC embassy security service said there was “a risk of attack on an unspecified area of Goma in North Kivu province”.
The note states that people “stay awake; avoid crowds and demonstrations; be vigilant in places frequented by tourists, especially Westerners; Be aware of your surroundings.
In the embassy memo, the embassy advised US citizens not to travel to Goma due to “guilt” and “risk of terrorist attack”.
In April of this year, six people were killed in a bomb attack on one of the military camps in central Goma, specifically Katindo.
These and several other cases of urban crime are regularly reported in the city of Goma.
Since 2021, several terrorist attacks have been carried out by extremist groups in North Kivu province, including an attack in Beni on December 25, in which a suicide bomber killed five people.