Italy’s ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo and two different individuals have been killed on Monday in an assault on a United Nations convoy in japanese Congo, Italy’s international ministry and park authorities mentioned.
The convoy was attacked at round 10:15 a.m. (0815 GMT) throughout an tried kidnap by assailants close to the city of Kanyamahoro, just a few kilometres (miles) north of the regional capital Goma, the Virunga Nationwide Park instructed Reuters.
The Italian ambassador, Luca Attanasio, and a navy policeman travelling with him have been killed, the Italian international ministry mentioned in a press release.
The park had mentioned earlier that two individuals within the convoy had been killed and the ambassador wounded. The third individual killed was a driver, diplomatic sources mentioned.
It was not instantly clear who was behind the assault. There was no quick declare of duty.
“It’s with deep sorrow that the Overseas Ministry confirms the demise at this time in Goma of the Italian Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Luca Attanasio, and of a policemen from the Carabinieri,” the international ministry assertion mentioned.
“The ambassador and the soldier have been travelling in a automobile in a convoy of MONUSCO, the United Nations Organisation Stabilisation Mission within the Democratic Republic of Congo,” it mentioned.
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 line 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 have been killed in an ambush final month.