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Luca Attanasio, 44, was killed along with an Italian soldier and a second man, believed to be his driver, during an attack on the convoy near Goma on Monday.
Italy’s ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo was killed DURING an attack on a UN convoy.
Attanasio, who was married, suffered “gunshot wounds to the abdomen” and was taken to hospital in critical condition, where he died from his injuries.
The diplomat had been based in the country for the past three years, Italian officials said. The officer who died next to him was 30 years old.
Attanasio, who was normally based in the capital Kinshasa, had been participating in a World Food Program visit to the east of the troubled country when it was attacked.
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No information was released about the attackers, and the military only said it is looking for those responsible.
A spokesman for the Italian Foreign Ministry said:
“It is with deep regret that Farnesina confirms the death, today in Goma, of the Italian ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo Luca Attanasio and a Carabinieri soldier.”
A vast country the size of continental western Europe, the Democratic Republic of the Congo faces numerous conflicts, especially in its remote, mineral-rich east.
Dozens of militias roam the four eastern provinces, many a legacy of wars in the 1990s that swept through countries in central and southern Africa and claimed millions of lives.
Monday’s attack occurred north of Goma, a region that includes the Virunga National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which has also been affected by the violence.
The UN refugee agency UNHCR said last week that more than 2,000 civilians were killed in North and South Kivu and Ituri last year.