Luca Attanasio was travelling in convoy in east of country

The Italian ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo and a military policeman travelling with him have been killed in an attack on a United Nations convoy in eastern DRC, the Italian foreign ministry said in a statement on Monday.

A spokesman for the Virunga National Park told Italian media that Luca Attanasio died while travelling in a Monusco convoy and that the attack was part of an attempt to kidnap UN personnel.

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