In the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Italian ambassador to the country was killed in the attack Luca Attanasio, writes the news agency Reuters. He died in the attack on the United Nations convoy, and in addition to the ambassador, the carabinieri who accompanied him also died, according to the Italian Foreign Ministry.
The attack happened in the morning local time near Kanyamahoro, which lies a few kilometers north of the slightly larger city of Goma. Authorities in Kinshasa blamed a rebel group of Rwandan Hutus on him. “A convoy of the World Food Program (WFP) was the victim of an armed attack by members of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR),” the interior ministry said in a statement, adding that four people were abducted, one of whom was later found. AFP news agency.
The vehicles were en route from the city of Goma, the capital of the troubled North Kivu province, to the picturesque town of Bukavu on Lake Kivu, according to STA.
The Italian Foreign Ministry regretted the ambassador’s death and explained that he had traveled in a convoy of the UN mission to the DRC (Monusco). Attanasio has led the Italian mission in Kinshasa since 2017, and received the title of ambassador in 2019, he added. Reuters.
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