DR Congo: Italian ambassador killed in a convoy attack in Kinshasa
Updated: 2 days ago
Italy confirmed on Monday the death of its ambassador in Kinshasa, shot dead in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. He was traveling with a United Nations convoy, which was targeted near Goma. An Italian soldier and their driver also died. "It is with deep sadness that the Foreign Ministry confirms the death, today (Monday) in Goma, of the Italian Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Luca Attanasio, and of a soldier". The Italian Foreign Ministry confirmed on Monday, February 22, the death of its ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Luca Attanasio, stating that he was traveling with a United Nations convoy in the east of the country.
Italian President Sergio Mattarella denounced the "cowardly attack" that claimed the lives of his ambassador Luca Attanasio, 43, as well as an Italian soldier, Vittorio Iacovacci, and their driver.
"The Italian Republic is mourning its servants who lost their lives in the line of duty," he added, lamenting the "act of violence" perpetrated while driving in a convoy of the Monusco, the Blue Helmets mission to the DRC. The Italian ambassador in Kinshasa was shot and killed on Monday during an armed attack during a visit near Goma in eastern DR Congo and "died immediately from his injuries," a senior diplomatic source in Kinshasa told AFP.