Saturday, February 27, 2021

Death of Italian ambassador to DRC: Kinshasa accuses FDLR Hutu rebels – International


The Congolese interior ministry on Monday accused Rwandan Hutu rebels of the FDLR of being behind the attack that killed the Italian ambassador in Kinshasa and two other people in eastern DR Congo, according to AFP.

“A convoy of the World Food Program (WFP) was the victim (on Monday) of an armed attack by the Democratic Liberation Forces of Rwanda (FDLR)” in North Kivu province, the ministry wrote in a statement, adding that four people were abducted during this attack, one of whom was found.

Italy’s ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Luca Attanasio, has been killed in an attack targeting a United Nations convoy in East Africa, AFP reports.

His death was confirmed on Monday by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: “With deep sadness, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirms the death today in Goma of the Italian ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Luca Attanasio, and a military man.”

According to a diplomatic source in Kinshasa, the diplomat was shot. He was in a car that was part of a convoy of Monusco, the blue helmet mission present in the DRC for 20 years.

Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio, who was in Brussels for a meeting with his European counterparts, announced that he was returning to Rome. Luca Attanasio, 43 years old and ambassador to the DRC since October 2019, had come to the African country two years earlier, as head of the mission.

He entered diplomacy at the end of 2003, after studying trade at the Luigi Bocconi University in Milan. He was the head of the economic and trade department at the Italian embassy in Bern (2006-2010), consul general in Casablanca, Morocco (2010-2013) and advisor to the Italian embassy in Nigeria in 2015.



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