Italy’s ambassador to DRC killed in convoy attack

Italy’s ambassador to DRC killed in convoy attack

Italy’s ambassador to DRC killed in convoy attack

Written by Pavani Hapuarachchi

22 Feb, 2021 | 5:53 pm

News 1st: Italy’s ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo – Luca Attanasio has been killed in an attack in the east of the country, its foreign ministry has said.

Luca Attanasio died in hospital on Monday after the United Nations convoy he was travelling in came under fire near Goma, a statement said, reported foreign media.

The convoy reportedly belonged to the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP).

Reports say, an Italian military police officer travelling with the envoy and a third person were also killed.

The attack is believed to have been an attempted kidnapping, according to officials at the nearby Virunga National Park, foreign media reported.

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