DR Congo accuses Rwandan hutu rebels for killing Italian Ambassador

APA - Kigali (Rwanda)

In the attack that claimed the lives of the Italian ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo early Monday , Congolese authorities suspect action by Rwandan hutu rebel fighters of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR).

FDLR is an armed rebel group active in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.

In a statement made available to APA, authorities in Kinshasa promised to open investigations to flush out the killers.

"A  convoy of the World Food Program (WFP) was the target of an ambush laid  by armed gangs comprising of fighters of the Democratic Forces for the  Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), on the road to Rutshuru, Kibumba  groupement, in the territory of Nyiragongo", reads part of the  statement.

The Italian ambassador to Congo, Luca Attanasio and an  Italian Carabinieri police officer were killed Monday while travelling  in Congo in a UN convoy, the Italian Foreign Ministry said in a separate  statement.

The convoy was attacked near the town of Kanyamahoro  at around 10:15 am (0815 GMT) and was part of a kidnap attempt, the  Virunga National Park said.

The envoy, Luca Attanasio, "died of  his wounds" after a convoy of the UN's World Food Programme (WFP) came  under fire near Goma, the source said in Kinshasa.

Two other  people also died in the attack, Major Guillaume Djike, the army's  spokesman in North Kivu province said, without identifying the  casualties.

Since 1994, The eastern Democratic Republic of the  Congo (DRC) has been mired in violence for two decades and continues to  be plagued by dozens of armed groups.


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