Italian ambassador to DR Congo dies in attack on UN convoy

Italy’s ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo and two folks had been killed in an assault on a United Countries convoy in jap DRC.

The convoy used to be attacked at about 10.15am (0815 GMT) all through an tried kidnap by means of assailants close to the city of Kanyamahoro, a couple of miles north of the regional capital Goma, the Virunga nationwide park stated.

The Italian ambassador, Luca Attanasio, and an army policeman travelling with him have been killed, the Italian overseas ministry stated in a remark.

The park had stated previous that two other folks within the convoy were killed and the ambassador wounded. The 3rd particular person killed used to be a motive force, diplomatic assets stated.

It used to be no longer in an instant transparent who used to be at the back of the assault. There used to be no fast declare of duty.

“It’s with deep sorrow that the overseas ministry confirms the demise lately in Goma of the Italian ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Luca Attanasio, and of a policemen from the Carabinieri,” the overseas ministry remark stated.

“The ambassador and the soldier have been travelling in a automotive in a convoy of Monusco, the United Countries Organisation Stabilisation Venture within the Democratic Republic of Congo,” it stated.

Attanasio died within the Monusco sanatorium in Goma.

Consistent with the ministry web page, Attanasio were Italy’s head of project in Kinshasa since 2017 and used to be made ambassador in 2019.

Dozens of armed teams function in and round Virunga, which lies alongside DRC’s borders with Rwanda and Uganda. Park rangers had been again and again attacked, together with six who have been killed in an ambush ultimate month.

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