Italian ambassador killed in Congo kidnap try

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The ambassador was with a UN Organization Stabilization Mission (MONUSCO) when he was killed (file photo) - REUTERS/Oleksandr Klymenko/File Photo

The ambassador was with a UN Organization Stabilization Mission (MONUSCO) when he was killed (file picture) – REUTERS/Oleksandr Klymenko/File Photo

The Italian ambassador to Democratic Republic of Congo was killed in a botched kidnapping on Monday in an assault on a United Nations convoy within the east of the nation.

Italy’s Foreign Ministry confirmed in an announcement that the Italian ambassador to Congo, Luca Attanasio, was killed.

The convoy was attacked near the city of Kanyamahoro at round 10:15 a.m. (0815 GMT) and was a part of a kidnap try, the Virunga National Park advised Reuters.

An Italian carabiniere officer additionally died within the ambush, who was recognized as Vittorio Iacovacci.

The two males had been travelling in a automobile as a part of a MONUSCO convoy – the UN mission for the stabilisation of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Luca Attanasio

Luca Attanasio

Mr Attanasio, was evacuated after park rangers intervened, the park stated. However, he was declared lifeless shortly afterwards.

Many armed teams function in and round Virunga, which lies alongside Congo’s borders with Rwanda and Uganda, they usually have repeatedly attacked Virunga rangers.

Luigi Di Maio, Italy’s minister for overseas affairs, expressed “immense sorrow” over the incident.

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

Mr Attanasio was 43 and had represented Italy in Kinshasa since 2017. He joined the diplomatic service in 2003 and served beforehand in Switzerland, Morocco and Nigeria.

Mr Di Maio was in Brussels for a Foreign Affairs Council assembly however was because of return to Italy early after information of the assault broke.

The DRC’s military stated its troops had been looking the realm for the assailants.

An enormous nation the dimensions of continental western Europe, the DRC is grappling with quite a few conflicts, particularly in its distant, mineral-rich east.

Scores of militias roam the 4 japanese provinces, lots of them a legacy of wars within the 1990s that sucked in nations round central-southern Africa and claimed hundreds of thousands of lives.

Monday’s assault occurred north of Goma – a area that features the UNESCO-listed Virunga National Park, which has additionally been troubled by violence.

The UN’s refugee company, the UNHCR, stated final week that greater than 2,000 civilians had been killed in North and South Kivu and Ituri final yr.

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