Italian envoy killed in Congo attack blamed on Rwandan Hutu rebels


United Nations and Congo Armed Forces soldiers secure a road near the scene of an attack blamed on a Rwandan Hutu rebel group on the edge of the Virunga National Park where Italy’s ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo and two others were killed, in Nyiragongo, North Kivu province, Democratic Republic of Congo, yesterday. – EPA pic, February 23, 2021.

ITALY’S ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo was among three people killed yesterday when a UN convoy was ambushed in the country’s troubled east, violence the DRC’s president called a “terrorist attack” and that was blamed on a Rwandan Hutu rebel group.

Luca Attanasio died of his wounds after a World Food Programme (WFP) convoy came under gunfire near Goma while he was on a field trip to visit a school feeding programme, according to a senior diplomatic source in Kinshasa and the WFP.


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