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Italian ambassador killed in Congo

Italian ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo has been killed in an attack in the east of the country.

Luca Attanasio, 43, died in hospital on Monday after the United Nations convoy he was travelling in came under 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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