On Monday, an ambush claimed the lives of Ambassador Attanasio, who died of gunshot wounds, an Italian rifleman Vittorio Iacovacci and their driver.
Lhe Congolese government pledged on Monday to do everything in its power to find out who is behind the death of the Italian Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Luca Attanasio, and two other people killed in the morning during an attack in the province of North Kivu, in the unstable east of the country.
“I promise the Italian government that the government of my country will do everything to find out who is behind this despicable murder,” said Congolese Minister of Foreign Affairs Marie Tumba Nzeza, quoted by local media.
“It is with sorrow and a lot of sadness that we have just learned of the death of the young Italian ambassador in the DRC” during an attack on a convoy of the World Food Program (WFP) in the north of Goma, the capital of North Kivu.
“We are all the more saddened since it was barely a week since he was here to invite us to participate in the G20 in Italy next summer. I offer condolences not only on my own behalf, but also on behalf of the government of my country to the government of Italy for this immense loss, ”added the head of Congolese diplomacy.
This ambush claimed the lives of Ambassador Attanasio, 43, who died of gunshot wounds, an Italian rifleman (gendarme) Vittorio Iacovacci and their driver.
The Interior Ministry accuses the FDLR
The Congolese interior ministry on Monday accused the Rwandan Hutu rebels of the FDLR of being behind the attack that claimed the lives of the Italian ambassador in Kinshasa and two other people in the east. of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
“A convoy of the World Food Program (WFP) was the victim (Monday) of an armed attack by elements of the Democratic Liberation Forces of Rwanda (FDLR)” in the province of North Kivu, the ministry wrote in a statement.