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Crime Italian Ambassador killed in the Democratic Republic of Congo: the road did not require an escort

15:05  23 february  2021
15:05  23 february  2021 Source:   ouest-france.fr

Italian ambassador killed in attack on UN convoy in Congo, officials say

  Italian ambassador killed in attack on UN convoy in Congo, officials say Italy's ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Luca Attanasio, was killed Monday in an attack on a United Nations convoy during a field visit in the country. A member of the Carabinieri, the national gendarmerie of Italy, and a driver of one of the vehicles were also killed, according to Italian and U.N. officials.

Les forces de l’ONU et les soldats de la RDC sécurisent une route près du lieu où a eu lieu l’attaque qui a coûté la vie à l’ambassadeur italien lundi 22 février. © STR / EPA / MAXPPP UN forces and DRC soldiers secure a road near the site of the attack which cost the life of the Italian ambassador on Monday 22 February.

The Italian Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was shot and killed on Monday in an attack in the eastern province of North Kivu. A drama that bitterly reminds the international community of the often forgotten conflicts that have ravaged the east of the country for 25 years.

The road where took place the attack that killed the Italian ambassador in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday did not require a military escort, AFP learned on Tuesday from UN source.

Italy seeks UN probe into DRC envoy's killing

  Italy seeks UN probe into DRC envoy's killing Italy said Wednesday it has asked the United Nations to launch an investigation into the killing of its ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo. On Monday, the DRC's interior ministry blamed the killings on the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), a Rwandan Hutu rebel group. But the FDLR rejected the allegation and instead blamed the Rwandan and DRC militaries.- Opened fire -Di Maio said the WFP party was relying on UN protocol during the trip from the capital Kinshasa to Goma, some 2,500 kilometres (1,550 miles) east, but that Attanasio had "full power" to decide how and where to move within DRC.

The attack on the convoy in which the Italian ambassador Luca Attanasio was located took place in the province of North Kivu (East), on the national road 2, which runs very closely along the Rwandan border, in an area of dense and mountainous forest, where the borders are not watertight.

This route was validated without escort, but with a requirement of a convoy of at least two vehicles, a UN humanitarian official in the country told AFP on Tuesday, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Fallen into an ambush

According to the Congolese presidency, the ambassador arrived in Goma on Friday February 19 at 10:30 am, aboard a jet from Monusco, the United Nations Mission in Congo.

He left Goma on Monday morning in a convoy of two World Food Program (WFP) vehicles for the commune of Kiwanja, in the territory of Rutshuru, accompanied by his bodyguard and agents from this humanitarian agency.

Death of the Italian Ambassador: the DRC further regulates the movement of diplomats

 Death of the Italian Ambassador: the DRC further regulates the movement of diplomats © AFP - ALEXIS HUGUET MONUSCO soldiers on patrol near the place where the attack took place, on February 22, 2021. In the DRC, the authorities are still in turmoil after the murder of Italian Ambassador Luca Attanasio, his bodyguard and a Congolese driver from the World Food Program (WFP) on Monday north of the city of Goma. From now on, the supervision of diplomats will be stricter.

The convoy was ambushed 3 km from their destination when the attackers, six in number, armed with five AK-47-type weapons and a machete, stormed in, the Congolese presidency said.

They proceeded by warning shots before forcing the occupants of the vehicles to get out and follow them into the far end of the park (Virunga) and this, after having shot down one of the drivers in order to create panic, adds the presidency.

Alerted, the rangers and the Congolese soldiers present in the surroundings started in pursuit of the attackers. 500 m (from the scene of the attack), the kidnappers fired point blank at the bodyguard, who died on the spot, and at the ambassador, injuring him in the abdomen.

Rwandan Hutu rebels accused by DRC

Kinshasa accused Rwandan Hutu rebels of the Democratic Liberation Forces of Rwanda (FDLR) of being the perpetrators of the attack. The latter, in a statement, rejected these allegations, pointing the finger at the Congolese and Rwandan armies.

The Congolese and Rwandan authorities systematically deny any presence of Rwandan troops on the territory of the DRC .

According to an expert from the Kivu Security Barometer (KST), the FDLR are near the place where the attack took place. It is possible that these Rwandan rebels were responsible for this attack, he told AFP.

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