Luca Attanasio, Italy’s envoy to the Democratic Republic of Congo and 2 other individuals were eliminated on Monday (February 22 in a kidnapping effort in Eastern Congo, Italy’s Foreign Ministry and park authorities stated.
The United Nations convoy on a stabilization objective was assaulted around 10:15 a.m. (0815 GMT by enemies near the town of Kanyamahoro, a couple of kilometres (miles north of the local capital Goma, the Virunga National Park informed Reuters.
A declaration provided by the Italian foreign ministry stated that the Italian Italian ambassador, Luca Attanasio, and a military police officer taking a trip with him were eliminated. The 3rd individual eliminated was a motorist, diplomatic sources stated.
“It is with deep sorrow that the Foreign Ministry confirms the death today in Goma of the Italian Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Luca Attanasio, and of a policeman from the Carabinieri,” the foreign ministry declaration stated.
“The ambassador and the soldier were travelling in a car in a convoy of MONUSCO, the United Nations Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo,” it even more stated.
According to the ministry site, Attanasio had actually been Italy’s head of objective in Kinshasa because 2017 and was made ambassador in 2019, Reuters reported.