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Luca Attanasio, an Italian ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo was among three people killed in an attack on a humanitarian convoy on Monday near the city of Goma, aid groups and Italy’s Foreign Ministry said, the latest in a wave of violence in that part of the central African nation.
The attack, on a World Food Program convoy headed to a school in North Kivu Province, left the ambassador, Attanasio, an Italian embassy official, and a driver dead.
His age is unclear.
Luca Attanasio Killed in Congo
The Italian ambassador to Congo and an Italian Carabinieri police officer killed Monday while traveling in Congo in a UN convoy, the Foreign Ministry said.
In a brief statement, the ministry said Luca Attanasio and the officer were killed in Goma. They were traveling in a convoy of the UN stabilization mission in Congo.
The convoy was attacked near the town of Kanyamahoro at around 10:15 am (0815 GMT) and was part of a kidnap attempt, the Virunga National Park said.
The envoy, Luca Attanasio, “died of his wounds” after a convoy of the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) came under fire near Goma, the source said in Kinshasa.
Two other people also died in the attack, Major Guillaume Djike, the army’s spokesman in North Kivu province said, without identifying the casualties.
Marie Tumba Nzeza Statement
Marie Tumba Nzeza, Congo’s minister of foreign affairs, offered her condolences on behalf of the government in a video posted on social media.
“I promise the Italian government that the government of my country will do everything in its power to find out who is behind this despicable murder,” she said.
Tributes also began to pour in for Mr. Attanasio from across the diplomatic community.
“I mourn the death of Luca, killed in an ambush near Goma: I’ve lost a colleague and generous friend,” Bart Ouvry, the European Union ambassador to Mali, wrote in a post on Twitter, offering his condolences to Mr. Attanasio’s wife and three daughters. “During my tenure in the D.R.C., he supported me at all times, including in the most difficult moments.”