The attack was part of an attempt to kidnap UN personnel, the Reuters news agency reported, citing local officials.
Attanasio has been ambassador to the Congo since 2018. According to a senior diplomat in Kinshasa, the ambassador was shot in the stomach and injured. He was therefore taken to a hospital in Goma, where he then died.
Again and again unrest in the Congo
For many years, the Democratic Republic of the Congo was one of the most unstable countries in Africa. Since the end of Belgian colonial rule in 1960, there has never been a peaceful change of power until 2019. After its independence, the country was initially ruled by dictator Mobutu Sese Seko, and in 1997 the rebel leader Laurent-Désiré Kabila declared himself president. In 2001, Kabila was shot dead by a bodyguard. His then 29-year-old son Joseph inherited power – and then remained in office for almost 18 years.
The number of troops should be reduced step by step in order to hand over power to the Congolese security forces.
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