Italian ambassador to Congo killed in ambush of World Food Program convoy

Goma, February 23 (RHC)-- In the Democratic Republic of Congo, three people were killed Monday following an ambush on a United Nations humanitarian convoy in the eastern region of the country, near the city of Goma. 

Goma, February 23 (RHC)-- In the Democratic Republic of Congo, three people were killed Monday following an ambush on a United Nations humanitarian convoy in the eastern region of the country, near the city of Goma. 

Among the dead was the Italian ambassador to Congo, Luca Attanasio, and a Congolese driver for the World Food Program.  The group was headed to a World Food Program initiative at a school when their vehicles were reportedly hijacked by unidentified armed men.  Several others were injured in the attack.  

Over 2,000 people in eastern Congo were killed in brutal attacks by armed groups last year, and over 5.2 million have been displaced.

Edited by Ed Newman



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