Monday, February 22, 2021

Italian ambassador killed in Congo kidnap attempt

 Italy’s ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo was killed on Monday in an attack on a United Nations convoy in the east of the country.

The Telegraph

Luca Attanasio was gunned down alongside Vittorio Iacovacci, an Italian military police officer, and their Congolese driver, who has not been named, when their World Food Programme convoy was stopped on a road outside Goma.

The three men were travelling in a two-vehicle convoy without an armed escort to visit a WFP school food program in Rutshuru, 40 miles north of Goma, when the attack took place.

Carly Nzanzu Kasivita, the governor of North Kivu, said they were stopped about 15 kilometers outside the regional capital by six attackers who fired warning shots before taking the survivors into the bush in an apparent kidnap attempt.

Attanasio, 43, had been Italy’s head of mission in Kinshasa since 2017 and was made ambassador in 2019.

He had previously served in Switzerland, Morocco and Nigeria.

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