Italian ambassador amongst three killed in assault on UN convoy in DR Congo
Italy’s ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo and two different folks had been killed on Monday in an assault on a United Nations convoy in japanese Congo, Italy’s overseas ministry and park authorities stated.
The convoy was attacked at round 10:15 a.m. (0815 GMT) throughout an tried kidnap by assailants close to the city of Kanyamahoro, a couple of kilometres (miles) north of the regional capital Goma, the Virunga Nationwide Park advised Reuters.
The Italian ambassador, Luca Attanasio, and a army policeman travelling with him had been killed, the Italian overseas ministry stated in an announcement.
The park had stated earlier that two folks within the convoy had been killed and the ambassador wounded. The third individual killed was a driver, diplomatic sources stated.
It was not instantly clear who was behind the assault. There was no rapid declare of accountability.
“It is with deep sorrow that the Foreign Ministry confirms the death today in Goma of the Italian Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Luca Attanasio, and of a policemen from the Carabinieri,” the overseas ministry assertion stated.
“The ambassador and the soldier were travelling in a car in a convoy of MONUSCO, the United Nations Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo,” it stated.
Tragica la notizia dell’attentato a un convoglio ONU a Goma in cui hanno perso la vita l’Ambasciatore italiano in #Congo Luca Attanasio e un carabiniere.Pochi mesi fa Attanasio aveva vinto il Premio Nassiriya per la tempo. Condoglianze alle loro famiglie e all’Arma dei Carabinieri pic.twitter.com/9uF2ncrFaa
— Giovanni Toti (@GiovanniToti) February 22, 2021
In accordance with the ministry web site, Attanasio had been Italy’s head of mission in Kinshasa since 2017 and was made ambassador in 2019.
Dozens of armed teams function in and round Virunga, which lies alongside Congo’s borders with Rwanda and Uganda. Park rangers have been repeatedly attacked, together with six who had been killed in an ambush last month.