The Italian ambassador to Democratic Republic of Congo and two people have been killed in an attack on a United Nations convoy in the east of the country.
They were attacked near the town of Kanyamahoro at around 10:15 am local time while traveling in a convoy of the U.N. stabilization mission.
Italy’s Foreign Ministry later confirmed its Ambassador Luca Attanasio and an Italian military policeman were killed in the attack without providing further details.
According to the Virunga National Park, the incident was part of a kidnap attempt.
Many armed groups operate in and around Virunga, which lies along Congo’s borders with Rwanda and Uganda, and they have repeatedly attacked Virunga rangers.