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Rwandan rebels deny having participated in the assassination of the Italian ambassador to Congo

This militia assures that its fighters did not participate in the attack on the UN convoy in which Ambassador Luca Attanasio died.
The Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), a Hutu insurgent group operating in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), denied being involved in the assassination yesterday of Italy’s ambassador, Luca Attanasio, in an attack on a UN convoy near the Congolese city of Goma (northeast).

In a statement quoted by the local newspaper Actualit√©, this militia assures that its combatants did not participate in the attack and asks the Congolese authorities and the UN peacekeeping mission deployed in the country (Monusco) to “shed light on those responsible for this vile murder instead of resorting to hasty accusations. “

Yesterday, the Congolese Minister of the Interior, Aristide Bulakali Mululunganya, in a statement blamed this armed group for the deadly attack perpetrated against two vehicles of the World Food Program (PMU) in Kibumba, 25 kilometers northeast of Goma, Kivu province of the North and border area with Rwanda.

The 30-year-old policeman Vittorio Iacovacci and the Congolese PMU driver Moustapha Milambo also died in the attack, according to local media.

The FDLR further added that there are soldiers from both the Congolese Army and the Rwandan Armed Forces in the area where the ambush occurred, and suggested that both bodies should also be investigated.

According to a report published on Monday by the Kivu Security tracker monitoring tool, a total of 122 armed groups remain active in eastern Congo, spread over the provinces of North Kivu, South Kivu, Ituri and Tanganyika.

Attanasio, 43, married with three daughters, had become head of mission in Kinshasa in September 2017, where he was carrying out numerous humanitarian projects.

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