DR Congo victims’ bodies to return to Italy Tuesday

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(ANSA) – ROME, FEB 23 – The bodies of Italy’s Ambassador to
the Democratic Republic of Congo, Luca Attanasio, and
Carabiniere police officer Vittorio Iacovacci will arrive in
Italy later on Tuesday, sources said.
    Attanasio and Iacovacci were killed in an attack in the African
country along with a driver on Monday.
    Autopsies on the bodies of Attanasio and Iacovacci will be done
at Rome’s Policlinico Gemelli hospital on Wednesday,
Rome prosecutors are investigating the murders.
    Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio will report to parliament on
Monday’s attack later on Tuesday or on Wednesday, Relations with
Parliament Minister Federico D’Incà has said.
    Attanasio, 43, and Iacovacci, a-30-year-old who was part of the
ambassador’s security detail, were killed in an attack on a UN
World Food Programme (WFP) convoy travelling from Goma to
Bukavu.
    A statement by the office of DRC President Félix Tshisekedi said
the attack was staged by kidnappers armed with Kalashnikovs and
machetes.
    It said they fired from close range, killing Iacovacci
immediately, while the ambassador died of his wounds in hospital
in Goma an hour after the attack.
    Tshisekedi is sending his emissary to Rome on Tuesday to bring
Premier Mario Draghi a “personal letter” from him”. (ANSA).
   

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