Incident Summary:

12/29/2020: Assailants opened fire on the motorcycle of an Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) colonel between Nizi and Bambu, near Nizi, Ituri, Democratic Republic of the Congo. The colonel was killed, and his bodyguard was reported missing in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to the Cooperative for the Development of the Congo (CODECO) militia.



Democratic Republic of the Congo

Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:


Near Nizi

Location Details:
The incident occurred between Nizi and Bambu.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Congolese Army
Specific Description Colonel: John Unega
Nationality of Target Democratic Republic of the Congo
Additional Information
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Cooperative for the Development of the Congo (CODECO) militia No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Two officers killed in various incidents in DRC conflict zones," CE Noticias Financieras English, December 29, 2020.