UN Italian Ambassador killed in DR Congo

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The Italian ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo was killed in an attack in the east of the country.

Luca Attanasio, 43 years old, died in hospital on Monday, after the United Nations convoy had been on fire near Goma, a statement said.

The convoy reportedly belonged to the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP).

“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 Italian foreign 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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