Italian envoy and two others killed in assault on UN con…

GOMA, Congo, Feb 22 (Reuters) – Italy’s ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo and two different folks had been killed on Monday in an assault on a United Nations convoy in japanese Congo, Italy’s overseas ministry and park authorities stated.

The convoy was attacked at round 10:15 a.m. (0815 GMT)throughout an tried kidnap by assailants close to the city of Kanyamahoro, just a few kilometres (miles) north of the regional capital Goma, the Virunga Nationwide Park informed Reuters.

The Italian ambassador, Luca Attanasio, and a army policeman travelling with him had been killed, the Italian overseas ministry stated in an announcement.

The park had stated earlier that two folks within the convoy had been killed and the ambassador wounded. The third particular person killed was a driver, diplomatic sources stated.

It was not instantly clear who was behind the assault. There was no instant declare of accountability.

“It’s with deep sorrow that the Overseas Ministry confirms the dying immediately in Goma of the Italian Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Luca Attanasio, and of a policemen from the Carabinieri,” the overseas ministry assertion stated.

“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 stated.

In keeping with the ministry web site, Attanasio had been Italy’s head of mission in Kinshasa since 2017 and was made ambassador in 2019. Dozens of armed teams function in and round Virunga, which lies alongside Congo’s borders with Rwanda and Uganda. Park rangers have been repeatedly attacked, together with six who had been killed in an ambush final month.

(Reporting by Fiston Mahamba, Stanis Bujakera and Hereward Holland; Further reporting by Giulia Paravicini, and by Crispian Balmer in Rome; Writing by Aaron Ross; Enhancing by Kevin Liffey and Timothy Heritage)