Wednesday, February 24, 2021

An attack on the UN convoy has taken place in the DRC; Italian ambassador killed


An attack on a World Health Organization car column has taken place near Goma, a source in diplomatic circles in Kinshasa said. In the attack, Ambassador Luke Athanasio was wounded and died of his injuries.

Two other people have been killed in the attack, Major Guy Gicky, an army spokesman in North Kivu province, told the press.

The ambassador’s driver and bodyguard have been killed, other sources have also confirmed.

The Italian Foreign Ministry has confirmed in Rome that an ambassador and an Italian police officer have been killed.

DR Congo soldiers search the area in an attempt to capture the attackers.

In a huge African country, especially in the mineral-rich East, a number of conflicts are stalling.

There are several militant groups in the four eastern provinces. Many of them have their roots in the wars of the 1990s, which also involved several neighboring countries and claimed the lives of millions of people.

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