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Italian ambassador to Democratic Republic of Congo killed in gun attack

The Italian ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo has been killed after a UN convoy came under attack in the east of the country.

Luca Attanasio died along with two others after a World Food Programme (WFP) convoy came under gunfire near the city of Goma.

The Italian government confirmed Attanasio’s death and said an Italian policeman and a driver also died.

President Sergio Mattarella labelled it a “cowardly attack”.

“The Italian republic is in mourning for these servants of the state who lost their lives,” he said in a statement.

“The circumstances of this brutal attack are not yet known and no effort will be spared to shed light on what happened,” Foreign Minister Di Maio said.

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