News – FR – DR Congo: the Italian ambassador in Kinshasa killed in a gunshot attack


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Italy confirmed on Monday the death of its ambassador in Kinshasa, shot dead in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo He was traveling with a World Food Program (WFP) convoy, which was targeted near Goma

“It is with deep sadness that the Foreign Ministry confirms the death, today (Monday) in Goma, of the Italian Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Luca Attanasio, and of a military”

The Italian Foreign Ministry confirmed, on Monday February 22, the death of its ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo), Luca Attanasio, specifying that he was traveling with a United Nations convoy in the east of country

The Italian Ambassador to Kinshasa was shot dead on Monday in an armed attack that targeted a World Food Program (WFP) convoy during a visit near Goma, in eastern DR Congo Ambassador Luca Attanasio “died immediately of his wounds,” senior diplomatic source in Kinshasa told AFP

Luca Attanasio had been in office since early 2018 Seriously “shot in the abdomen”, the ambassador was evacuated to a hospital in Goma “in critical condition”, the diplomatic source told AFP

The attack on this WFP convoy took place in the north of Goma, the capital of North Kivu province, which has been plagued by violence from armed groups for more than 25 years

This region is home to the Virunga National Park, a natural, touristic and threatened gem, which is also the theater of conflicts in this region of North Kivu, where dozens of armed groups are vying for control of the wealth of the soil and the basement

Created in 1925, the Virunga National Park is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site This reserve extends over 7,769 km², from Goma to the territory of Béni, between mountains and forests

The park is guarded by 689 armed rangers, at least 200 of whom were killed in the line of duty, officials say

Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio, who was in Brussels for a meeting with his European counterparts, announced his early return to Rome

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News – FR – DR Congo: the Italian ambassador in Kinshasa killed in a gunshot attack