Italian Ambassador Luca Attanasio was killed in a violent assault on an support convoy within the Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday. Two different individuals additionally died, together with an Italian nationwide police officer and a driver, Italy’s international ministry stated because it introduced Attanasio’s demise.
The attackers struck close to Goma, as Attanasio rode in a U.N. World Meals Program convoy close to the DRC’s jap borders with Rwanda and Uganda. The ambassador was a part of a delegation visiting a feeding program at a faculty.
“Quite a lot of different passengers travelling with the delegation sustained accidents in the course of the assault,” the World Meals Program stated. It added that the highway the group was on “had beforehand been cleared for journey with out safety escorts.”
The precise circumstances across the assault stay unclear, Overseas Minister Luigi Di Maio stated as he introduced Attanasio’s demise. He stated Italy is now mourning a stunning loss, and can spare no effort to be taught what occurred.
The violence comes months after the U.N. World Meals Program received the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize for its work to assist individuals deal with meals insecurity that outcomes from battle and crises.