Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Attack on a convoy of UN vehicles, Italian ambassador to Congo killed


An Italian ambassador to Congo, an Italian policeman and their driver from Congo were killed in that country, in an attack on a convoy of UN vehicles, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Rome announced.

The ministry stated that Ambassador Luka Atanasio, a policeman and a driver, were killed in Goma, in the east of Congo, and they were in the convoy of vehicles of the UN Stabilization Mission, the AP agency reported.

In the ore-rich area, rebel groups are fighting for supremacy.

Agence France-Presse reports, referring to the spokesman of the Congolese army, that two more people were killed in the attack.

Matarella: A cowardly attack

Italian President Sergio Matarella condemned the “cowardly attack” in which the Italian ambassador there, an Italian policeman, and their driver, a Congolese, were killed in Congo.

Ambassador Athanasio, 43, has been ambassador to Congo since October 2019.

Italian Foreign Minister Luigi di Mayo announced that he would end his stay in Brussels, where he was meeting with his European colleagues, and said that all possible efforts would be made to find out how the attack in Congo took place.

EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Joseph Borrell extended his condolences to Italy and the United Nations.

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