Italian Ambassador Killed In Kidnap Attempt

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According to the United Nations, attackers killed Italy’s ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo in an attempted kidnapping.

Luca Attanasio, 43, was travelling from the capital Goma to a feeding programme in Rutshuru, close to the border of Rwanda and Uganda. The father of three was head of Italy’s mission in the DRC since 2017, working closely with HIV/AIDS sufferers.

The gunmen stopped the convoy by firing warning shots at the vehicle, which killed the driver. They took passengers into a forest, until a park ranger opened fire. However, this move spurred the attackers to kill the ambassador and his bodyguard instantly.

According to Sky News, an Italian military policeman, Vittorio Iacovacci, and an unnamed Congolese driver also died during the attack. Numerous other passengers face injuries.

In 2018, two British tourists were kidnapped after travelling along the same route. Abductors held the couple for nine months.

According to the Telegraph, the World Food Programme labelled the route safe after analysing all security risks. There were no indications of who was behind the attack and no group has claimed responsibility.

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