Italy’s ambassador to DR Congo killed in attack on UN convoy

The M23 rebel group, who has taken control of Goma and nearby town of Sake already, has advanced to the next town of Kirotshe, only about 10km away from Minova where Congolese government forces have retreated to. EPA/DAI KUROKAWA

A Congolese government soldier wears a belt of ammunitions as he stands guard at their headquarters in the town of Minova, some 45km from the provincial capital Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, 24 November 2012. EPA/DAI KUROKAWA

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The Italian Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Luca Attanasio and two other people have been killed on Monday during in an attack on a United Nations convoy. Commenting on the news, the Italian Foreign Minister, Luigi di Maio, who was in Brussels for a meeting with his European counterparts (FAC), said that “the circumstances of this brutal attack are not yet known and no effort will be spared to shed light on what happened.” Reuters quoted a source from the Virunga National Park saying that the convoy was attacked by unidentified assailants near the town of Kanyamahoro, a few miles north of the regional capital Goma, at around 10.15 am local time. “The ambassador and the soldier were traveling in a car in a convoy of MONUSCO, the United Nations Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo,” the statement reads. According to a statement issued by the Italian Foreign Ministry, the 43-year-old ambassador, a carabinieri police officer who was providing security for him and a third person, were killed in Goma, during an attempted kidnap. African leaders from the Great Lakes region including Congolese President Joseph Kabila began talks over Congo on 24 November, but Paul Kagame of Rwanda who has been widely accused of supporting the M23 rebels, did not attend the meeting. style=”font-size:40px; line-height: 1.3em; font-weight: 800; padding:7px;”>Italy’s ambassador to DR Congo killed in attack on UN convoy

By Zoe Didili
Journalist, New Europe

epa03485185 A Congolese government soldier wears a belt of ammunitions as he stands guard at their headquarters in the town of Minova, some 45km from the provincial capital Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, 24 November 2012.