Luca Atanasio, the Italian ambassador to the country, died in Congo after being taken to the hospital in Goma. An Italian escort carabiniere died in the attack.
Athanasius was part of a convoy of MOVUSCO, the UN force for the pacification of eastern Congo, which also included the representative of the EU in Congo. The rebels presumably wanted to kidnap diplomats, following a pattern already followed in the area. The ambush was partially successful, evidently.
The area, North Kivu near the well-known national park of Virunga, is an area of clashes between the Congolese army, the MOVUSCO UN forces and the ADF forces, who manage a quasi-state with 2000 guerrillas, Ugandan NALU and other groups of fighters.
The deepest condolences from the authors of SE to the fallen
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