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Assassination of Italian Ambassador to DR Congo: Rwandan Hutu rebels accuse Congolese and Rwandan armies

Rwandan Hutu rebels have denied being the perpetrators of the attack which claimed the life of the Italian ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Congolese authorities had accused them of being responsible for the attack, described as “terrorist”.

LRwandan Hutu rebels from the Democratic Liberation Forces of Rwanda (FDLR) denied being the perpetrators of the attack that claimed the life of the Italian ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo in the east of the country on Monday, pointing to the Congolese and Rwandan armies are blamed.

The Congolese authorities on Monday accused the FDLR, installed in eastern DRC, of ​​being responsible for the attack, described as “terrorist” by Congolese President Félix Tshisekedi, during which Ambassador Luca Attanasio perished. , his Italian bodyguard Vittorio Iacovacci and a Congolese driver from the World Food Program (WFP), Mustapha Milambo.

Shed light on the responsibilities of this despicable assassination

In a statement sent to . on Tuesday, the FDLR denies being “involved in the attack which resulted in the death of the Italian ambassador and asks the Congolese authorities and MONUSCO (UN Mission in the DRC) to shed light on the responsibilities of this despicable assassination instead of resorting to hasty accusations ”.

The Rwandan rebels claim that “the ambassador’s convoy was attacked in a so-called ‘three-antenna’ area, near Goma on the border with Rwanda, not far from a position of the FARDC (DRC Armed Forces) and of (…) Rwandan Defense Forces ”(Rwandan army).

“The responsibilities of this despicable assassination are to be found in the ranks of these two armies”, in turn accuse the FDLR.

National road 2, where the convoy was attacked, runs very closely along the Rwandan border, in an area of ​​dense and mountainous forest, where the borders are not waterproof.

The Congolese and Rwandan authorities systematically deny any presence of Rwandan troops on the territory of the DRC.

According to an expert from the Kivu Security Barometer (KST), “the FDLR are close to where the attack took place. It is possible that these Rwandan rebels are responsible for this attack, ”he told ..

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