DR Congo Accuses Hutu Rebels Of Killing Italian Ambassador, Two Others

DR Congo Accuses Hutu Rebels Of Killing Italian Ambassador, Two Others

Italy’s ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo was among three people killed on Monday when a UN convoy was ambushed in the country’s troubled east, an attack the government blamed on a Rwandan Hutu rebel group.

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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, a senior diplomatic source said in Kinshasa.

The Italian government confirmed Attanasio’s death and said an Italian policeman, Vittorio Iacovacci, as well as a driver it did not identify, had also died.

President Sergio Mattarella lashed what he called a “cowardly attack.”

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“The Italian republic is in mourning for these servants of the state who lost their lives,” he said in a statement.

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