Italian ambassador to DRC dies in attack on UN convoy

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Italy's ambassador to Democratic Republic of Congo, Luca Attanasio, was killed on Monday, alongside two other men. He was 43 years old. Ansa
Italy's ambassador to Democratic Republic of Congo, Luca Attanasio, was killed on Monday, alongside two other men. He was 43 years old. Ansa
Rome (Diplomat.so) - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Italy said in a statement that its ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Luca Attanasio , was killed today in Goma.
Luca Attanasio died alongside an Italian soldier after their vehicle was attacked while traveling in a UN convoy in the eastern part of the DRC.

"It is with deep sorrow that the Farnesina confirms the death, today in Goma, of the Ambassador of Italy to the Democratic Republic of Congo Luca Attanasio and of a soldier from the Carabinieri," the ministry said in a statement.

Italy's Prime Minister, Mario Draghi has put out a statement expressing his condolences to the families of the Italian ambassador and the soldier, named as Vittorio Iacovacci.

The World Food Programme (WFP) said in a statement that one of its drivers was killed in the attack.

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