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Italian envoy Luca Attanasio killed throughout tried kidnapping in DR Congo

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Luca Attanasio, Italy’s envoy to the Democratic Republic of Congo and two different individuals had been killed on Monday (February 22) in a kidnapping try in Japanese Congo, Italy’s International Ministry and park authorities mentioned.

The United Nations convoy on a stabilization mission was attacked round 10:15 a.m. (0815 GMT) by assailants close to the city of Kanyamahoro, a couple of kilometres (miles) north of the regional capital Goma, the Virunga Nationwide Park informed Reuters.

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An announcement issued by the Italian international ministry mentioned that the Italian Italian ambassador, Luca Attanasio, and a navy policeman travelling with him had been killed. The third individual killed was a driver, diplomatic sources mentioned.

“It’s with deep sorrow that the International Ministry confirms the loss of life at this time in Goma of the Italian Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Luca Attanasio, and of a policeman from the Carabinieri,” the international ministry assertion mentioned.

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“The ambassador and the soldier had been travelling in a automotive in a convoy of MONUSCO, the United Nations Organisation Stabilisation Mission within the Democratic Republic of Congo,” it additional mentioned.

Based on the ministry web site, Attanasio had been Italy’s head of mission in Kinshasa since 2017 and was made ambassador in 2019, Reuters reported.

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