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The Kijuju Autonomous Zone Incident (キジュジュ自治区事件 Kijuju jichi-ku jiken?)[1] was a large-scale outbreak of the Plaga bio-weapon which centred in Kijuju and the wider Kijuju Autonomous Zone in West Africa. Beginning with illegal human experimentation in the Summer of 2008 conducted by TRICELL Inc., Africa, they were soon purchased by an Islamist terrorist group based within Kijuju,[2] who sought to use it to recruit a large army with the goal of gaining independence through the massacre of foreigners. Though the Bioterrorism Security Assessment Alliance dismissed evidence of B.O.W.s being used in this manner as hearsay, the circumstantial evidence of Ricardo Irving being in the area led to a major operation to arrest him. The rebels were ultimately crushed in March 2009 at the cost of most of the BSAA operators, though the events in Kijuju exposed Tricell's smuggling ring.

Background

Kijuju lay within an unnamed nation in West Africa which was formerly a British colony and protectorate. At some point after securing independence, the nation fell into a violent civil war which destroyed much of its economy. Though Kijuju gained autonomy, and was initially economically secured by the local quarry, its rail system was virtually destroyed.[3] While not as badly hit by the economic problems as the rest of the country, the escalation in terrorist activity was felt nonetheless, with militias forming out of opposition to the government, who's grip on the country was weak.[2] While the new government held nationalist views of self-determination, more extreme racist views spread along the population, needing people to blame problems onto.[2][4]

Starting from April 2008, Tricell, a multinational company with interest in bioweapons development, began human testing of their latest "Type 3" Plaga, having already finished "Type 2".[5] These B.O.W. parasites were genetically engineered to influence the mind of a host, allowing them to take orders from a leader, and were of considerable interest to bio-terrorists seeking to raise their own armies among the civilian populace.[6] "Type 3" was experimented with on the Ndipaya tribe, a people living in the wetlands. Warned over a disease they needed urgent vaccination for, the entire tribe willingly accepted injections of what were really Plaga eggs. The tribe's women and children died from the Type 3 Plagas, with the men mutating and gaining physically enhanced strength, while also becoming savagely violent.[5][7]

Rebellion

Early spread

Though the rebel leadership is not known, it is likely the so-called "Instigator Majini" was senior if not in charge. Evidence from the BSAA investigation suggests the rebels included soldiers in the national army among their ranks.[8] What is known is that by late 2008, these rebels were able to get in contact with bioweapons smuggler Ricardo Irving and were provided with Type 2 Plagas.[6] The goal of the rebels was to initiate a violent revolution that would ensure Kijujuan independence through the extermination or expulsion of foreigners. Not long after obtaining the Plagas, the rebels began putting up political posters and graffiti, conjuring racist imagery portraying Kijuju as under threat by foreigners and in need of saving itself.[9] During the opening weeks no violence against humans is known to have taken place, though in December animal mutilations were on the increase.[9] One incident of forced recruiting of rebels through the Plagas is known to have taken place on Christmas Day, when the foreman of Kijuju's quarry, himself involved in the rebels,[10] began reassigning workers to another facility as a pretext to their forced parasitisation,[9][10] with another simply vanishing without explanation.[9]

Initial violence

Kijuju square execution

Lynchings quickly became the norm in the square.

Starting after the New Year, the Plagas began spreading more rapidly among the general population but in a quiet manner. Rather than immediately attacking foreigners in the open, the rebels largely resisted exposing themselves, allowing the animal mutilations and political posters to go up unexplained.[11] It was by this point that the unusual activity was spotted by BSAA agent Reynard Fisher, who obtained information about the ongoing situation through a local butcher who worked as his contact.[2][11]

The first open acts of violence are believed to have taken place on Friday 16 January. The Instigator Majini, with several rebels, visited a bar frequented by British settlers and migrant workers. Creating tension through xenophobic remarks about throwing them out of Kijuju and taking their land back from them, a bar fight soon began, observed by Fisher's butcher contact.[12] The bar was itself trashed in the fight, and the owner killed.[10]

Over the course of the following week, a number of foreigners and perceived traitors were beaten to death by gangs of Majini rebels, one of whom as the butcher. On the morning of Friday 23 January, their bloody bodies were packed into black sacks and carried out to the assembly plaza. On the orders of the Instigator Majini, a pile of bodies some two meters high was formed, and as he gave an aggressive speech about their "celebration of death" and the "justice" of their acts, the bodies were lit alight.[13]

Over the next two weeks, the Instigator Majini continued to hold rallies at the assembly plaza, with Majini attendees expanding to ever greater numbers each day.[10] At the start of February, another wave of violence took place, with a racist Majini protest taking place outside a hotel frequented by migrant workers. The Majini later rushed the building and dragged out several hotel guests to either be killed or parasitised.[14] In the week between Saturday 7-Friday 13 February, the Majini rebels began construction of a large platform at the assembly plaza where. There, a Majini associate of the Instigator who had mutated to gain great height and muscular strength, performed beheadings of prisoners.[15] As with other times, after these daily acts of violence, the Majini would then return to an eerie, calm manner, watching foreigners with loathing and contempt but rarely acting on their impulses. A British settler, Adam, wrote in his blog describing the week with added focus on the further increase in animal mutilations and graffiti, and began to suspect the rebels were actively mutilating human victims and selling their body parts such as intestines on the market.[15]

BSAA investigation

Starting from 13 February, BSAA agent Fisher began investigating the possibility of a B.O.W. link to the violence, after reading Adam's blog, which mentioned an encounter with a dog with tentacles coming out of its mouth, which be believed to be an unusually-sized parasite.[4][15] Fisher sent a report to BSAA HQ detailing his suspicions these tentacles were Plagas which, until then, were only known to have been encountered in Spain in 2004.[4] However, as his report only detailed a description by a third party and did not provide direct proof of B.O.W. activity, the BSAA West Africa Branch was not called in.[4][16] Mike, the BSAA's chief information analyst, remained sceptical as to how Plaga could even be in Africa or of it is being marketable as a bioweapon. Fisher's investigation instead turned to the hypothesis that a mutant Plaga species had been engineered, and was being tested in Kijuju.[17][18]
Photo in Kijuju

Covert BSAA agents confirmed a bio-weapons threat to the region.

The investigation finally reached a breakthrough on Friday 20 February. Analysing a photograph taken by Fisher the day before, the BSAA's intelligence department determined it to be of Ricardo Irving negotiating a deal in Kijuju.[19] Irving was a suspected bio-weapons smuggler, being repeatedly identified at international airports at the time of terrorist attacks around the world.[20] Possibly acting on these suspicions, on the same day the national army began a major operation in the Kijuju Autonomous Zone, and hastily constructed a wall around the city in the hopes of keeping the Majini rebels contained within the Kijuju itself.[21] Rather than enter the city, however, soldiers instead patrolled the wall armed with automatic rifles, and had orders to shoot anyone trying to climb over it.[21] The Majini were, therefore, free to continue their daily massacres against foreigners and perceived traitors.[21]

On Monday 23 February, BSAA SOA Chris Redfield was handed relevant material on Kijuju from the branch intelligence departments. Having a Level-10 security rating, he held global rather than regional authority and could order investigations.[22] Soon after, the BSAA's mainframe was compromised by a computer virus. An investigation uncovered it had been sent internally from another account on the BSAA server sending malicious email attachments, but the identity of the account holder was unknown.[23][24] This did not stop the investigation of Irving, however, and by the end of the night they had determined Irving would next arrive in Kijuju on 5 March with an American business partner, who they were unaware was former BSAA member Jill Valentine.[25] With two Americans linked to the Kijuju rebels, this became a joint-BSAA mission consisting of North America and West Africa Branch members, with the West Africa Branch having seniority.[25] Due to the only circumstantial evidence about Plagas in Kijuju, however, this joint operation was only called to arrest Irving and his American partner.[26]

Plans for a BSAA operation were completed on Saturday 28 February based on an assessment of the terrain by both Fisher and a satellite overview. The operation was to consist of four teams. "Alpha", led by Captain Dan DeChant, was to enter via Gambit and attempt to arrest Irving and his partner. "Delta", led by Captain Josh Stone, was to be kept on standby prepped for immediate insertion when needed. "Bravo" was to consist of SOAs Redfield and Alomar, who were to enter the city on foot in plain-clothes to avoid suspicion, and be armed with weapons smuggled in ahead for Fisher. Finally, Mathison was to fly above and act as aerial support and a contact for West Africa HQ.[27] Due to his seniority, Redfield was free to choose his partner for the operation, having selected Alomar over Suzuki, a Japanese newcomer deemed too inexperienced.[28]

Problems continued with the BSAA while planning this operation, and while Fisher began reporting in locals' mention of the rumoured "Uroboros Project", the spy within the BSAA was able to leak this information to the press.[26]

BSAA operation

The operation began on either Wednesday 4 March or Friday 6 March.[29] Alpha Team entered the city as planned and parked inside a warehouse. From there they waited for Irving and his partner to arrive for an upcoming B.O.W. trade deal.[30] Irving, however, had been informed by his BSAA contact that the deal site was exposed. Valentine turned a Kijujuan into an Uroboros creature during their departure,[30] allowing it to kill all of Alpha Team.[31] Fisher meanwhile was identified as a traitor by the rebels immediately after meeting Bravo Team, and was beheaded at the assembly plaza.[32] Redfield and Alomar were unable to save him, but were responsible for a number of rebel fatalities in the area. Heading to the warehouse, they retrieved a USB drive Captain DeChant had used to steal information from Irving's computer before his death,[31] before facing and killing the Urobros creature. The data on the USB was immediately sent to West Africa HQ's intelligence department for analysis. It was found to contain a photograph of Valentine herself, who Redfield believed long dead,[33] and of flowers identified by the BSAA as Sonnentreppe.[34]

With the mission of arresting Irving a failure, the BSAA ordered in the West African "Delta Team" to reinforce their soldiers in the area, who were reduced to two following the loss of Mathison to a cluster of Kipepeo. Arriving from the city's northern side, they secured the crash site and rescued Redfield and Alomar from a Majini ambush.[33][35] Delta Team largely maintained its presence in Kijuju, but when Irving escaped Bravo Team at his new quarry dealsite,[36] Captain Stone led a small team out to the oil fields to investigate him there.[37] As night approached, Irving gave orders to his Majini employees the release the B.O.W.s he had in storage to engage with the BSAA. Delta Team was quickly attacked by an Ndesu, which quickly killed them with its large body, before tying several together to wear as trophies on a makeshift belt. Heading back to Kijuju in Delta Team's Gambit, Bravo Team was forced to engage Ndesu in the night after it trampled driver Dave Johnson.[38]

Following the loss of Delta Team and the apparent disappearance of Bravo Team and Stone, the BSAA West Africa HQ ordered in another reinforcement team to rescue survivors, several of whom subsequently being killed in the marshlands while searching for Stone. With the mission deemed unrecoverable, a general retreat order was made.[39]

Following the BSAA retreat from Kijuju, the international charity TerraSave arrived to provide medical support to the survivors of the violence. A number of Majini had survived the BSAA attack, however, and caused problems for the relief effort.[40][41]

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