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US News Murder of the Italian ambassador in the DRC: the UN calls for a rapid investigation

21:27  23 february  2021
21:27  23 february  2021 Source:   fr.euronews.com

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Kinshasa accuses Rwandan Hutu rebels of being responsible for the attack, accusations denied by the armed group. View on euronews

  Meurtre de l'ambassadeur italien en RDC : l'ONU demande une enquête rapide © Justin Kabumba / AP

The flags are at half mast at the European Commission in Brussels on Tuesday. The tribute of the twenty-seven to Luca Attanasio, Ambassador of Italy in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The diplomat died assassinated yesterday in the region of Goma, North Kivu, along with his bodyguard and his driver, also executed while traveling with a convoy of the World Food Program (WFP).

Kinshasa accuses the Hutu rebels of the Democratic Liberation Forces of Rwanda (FDLR), charges rejected by the latter.

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Stephane Dujarric, spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General:

"The Secretary-General calls on the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to promptly investigate this heinous crime which targeted a joint United Nations mission, and to translate the perpetrators, "said Stephane Dujarric, spokesperson for UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. "He reaffirms that the United Nations will continue to support the Congolese government and people and their efforts to establish peace and stability, particularly in the east of the country."

Luca Attanasio was 43 years old. Arrived in the DRC in 2017, he was one of the youngest Italian ambassadors. In Limbiate, in Lombardy, where he was from, we often think of the young man he was.

"He was a man who dreamed and made his dreams come true. In fact, he left young, he studied at the diplomatic academy. He succeeded, so for us it is a source of pride", says Antonio Romeo, the mayor of the town.

The North Kivu region, where he was evolving, is one of the most dangerous sectors in the DRC, in particular due to the presence of armed groups. A violence fueled by the extreme wealth of minerals and wood in this part of the country.

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