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The World Food Program said, “The attackers killed two others, along with Ambassador Luca Atanasio, who were an Italian security guard and a local driver for the World Food Program, and several others were wounded.”
“The dead were traveling from Goma to visit a school feeding program of the World Food Program in Rutshuru,” said Stephane Dujarric, chief spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
He pointed out that “there are a number of terrorist rebel groups operating in the region, so I do not want to point the finger of blame in one direction or another.”
Dujarric revealed that “the peacekeepers in the United Nations mission known as Monusco have been fully mobilized, and will work with their Congolese counterpart in the investigation.”
He added, “He has few details about the attack.”
Under-Secretary-General Jean-Pierre Lacroix, head of UN peacekeeping operations, said he lacked details, but told reporters in a pre-scheduled briefing that “the accident occurred 25 kilometers from Goma on a two-vehicle World Food Program convoy on a route identified.” It is safe to cross without escorts. “
“These decisions are usually taken by our colleagues in charge of security in the country,” he added, noting that “the victims were transferred to the Monosco Mission Hospital in Goma. We have a level three hospital there.” A very important facility that has the capacity to provide a more advanced health treatment. “
“There is a presence, in fact, an important presence for the Monusco mission in Goma, so it is certain that the peacekeepers were not more than 25 km” from the ambush site, Lacroix said.
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