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US News Death of the Italian ambassador in the DRC: investigations are underway

15:40  25 february  2021
15:40  25 february  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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Three days after the death of the Italian Ambassador, Luca Attanasio, his bodyguard and a program driver world food (WFP), investigations by the Congolese special services have already started.

With our correspondent in Kinshasa, Pascal Mulegwa

Embarrassed by the security incident which claimed the life of the Italian ambassador on Monday , his bodyguard and a WFP driver, the security services were assembled for the said investigations alongside the diplomatic adviser of the president Tshisekedi , indicated to RFI, Carly Nzanzu Kasivita, the governor of the province of North Kivu.

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While the investigation has already started, the specialized services in the provinces "will be supported by a delegation that will come from Kinshasa", specified the governor. He wants "the DRC to be able to say who did what about the incident."

“The Democratic Republic of the Congo is primarily responsible for investigating as the host country where the events took place, but we are a country that has a very good relationship with Italy. Everything will have to be settled within a diplomatic framework, ”he added.

Italy also asked the UN on Wednesday to open an investigation and "clear answers" after this tragedy. "We have formally requested the WFP and the UN to open an investigation to shed light on what happened, the reasons justifying the security system put in place and who is responsible for these decisions ”, declared Luigi Di Maio in front of the Italian deputies.

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And meanwhile, the Italian authorities already know a little more about the murder. According to the transalpine press, the first results of the autopsy ordered by the prosecutor's office in Rome revealed that the two deceased Italians each received two bullets. The scanner revealed that the bullets passed through the bodies from left to right.

The official funeral of the ambassador and his bodyguard will take place this Thursday, February 25 in the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome.

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