Italian ambassador killed in DR Congo attack

Attanasio, 43, represented Italy in Kinshasa since 2017.
Italian Ambassador Luca Attanasio, a policeman, and their driver killed after a UN convoy was attacked near the town of Kanyamahoro.

Italy’s ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, an Italian policeman, and their Congolese driver were killed in an ambush on a United Nations convoy in eastern DRC on Monday.

Luca Attanasio died alongside an Italian soldier after their car was attacked as they traveled in a UN convoy in the eastern part of the country.

“It is with deep sorrow that the Farnesina confirms the death, today in Goma, of the Ambassador of Italy to the Democratic Republic of Congo Luca Attanasio and of a soldier from the Carabinieri,” the ministry said in a statement.

Italy’s Prime Minister, Mario Draghi has put out a statement expressing his condolences to the families of the Italian ambassador and the soldier, named as Vittorio Iacovacci.

The World Food Programme (WFP) said in a statement that one of its drivers was killed in the attack.

Others in the convoy also sustained injuries, according to the UN agency.

The road had previously been cleared for travel without security escorts, WFP said, and the agency is now looking for further information from local authorities to explain what went wrong.

“The circumstances of this brutal attack are not yet known and no effort will be spared to shed light on what happened,” Di Maio said, paying tribute to the victims.

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