According to the breaking news in Reuters, Italian ambassador Luca Attanasio was also among those who lost their lives in the attack on the United Nations convoy in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
An Italian military police officer was reportedly killed with the ambassador.
The official announcement was made by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
According to reports in the Italian press, it was announced that the Italian ambassador Luca Attanasio was among those who lost their lives in the attack on the United Nations (UN) convoy in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It was stated that the attack took place near the town of Kanyamahoro, around 10.00 am local time.
While the Italian Foreign Ministry condemned the attack, it was stated that the number of deaths is not yet known.
The Italian Foreign Ministry confirmed the attack and casualties. It has been announced that Ambassador Attanasio, 44, died in the hospital where he was taken after the attack on his vehicle in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo.
According to the Italian media, the attack was organized against the convoy of the United Nations peacekeeping force (MONUSCO) in the country.
The convoy also had an EU delegation. Italian media also included allegations that the attack could be an attempt to kidnap.
After the attack, Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio interrupted his visit to Brussels and decided to return to the country.
Di Maio said, “Italy is crying for two exemplary children.” The Brotherhood party of Italy in the opposition called on the government and Foreign Minister Di Maio to clarify what happened.
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Italian President Sergio Mattarella stated that they are mourning the murder of his country’s Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo Luca Attanasio and his bodyguard Vittorio Iacovacci.
President Mattarella, in his condolence message to Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio, said, “A few hours ago, I learned with horror the news of the heinous attack that attacked an international convoy near the city of Goma and killed Ambassador Luca Attanasio and the gendarmerie Vittorio Iacovacci and their drivers. mourning the servants of the state who lost their lives while performing their professional duties. used the expressions.
In Mattarella’s message, it was stated that the victims’ relatives were given their condolences and their pain was shared.
Prime Minister Mario Draghi also issued a condolence message for the death of Ambassador Attanasio, 43, and his bodyguard Vittorio Iacovacci.
In the statement made by the Prime Ministry, it was reported that the Prime Ministry closely followed the developments regarding the incident in coordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
“Today I learned with horror and great pain the death of our Ambassador of the Democratic Republic of Congo and a gendarme soldier,” Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio said in a written statement. used the expressions.
Di Maio said that the Ambassador and the Italian soldier, who have been serving in the Democratic Republic of Congo since 2017, were removed from life while performing their duties, “It is still unclear how this brutal attack took place. No effort will be avoided to enlighten this attack.” found the assessment.
In the meantime, it was stated that Di Maio, who was in Brussels for the European Union Foreign Ministers Meeting, interrupted his schedule and moved to return to Rome.
According to reports in the Italian press, the attack, in which the ambassador and his guard died, was carried out by a group of terrorists using light weapons against the UN convoy on the road between the cities of Goma and Bukavu in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
In the news, it was stated that the attack was carried out to kidnap people in the UN convoy, and it was noted that the work continued to clarify the incident.
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