Italian ambassador died in gun battle in Democratic Republic of Congo

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Italian Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo Luca Attanasio was in a World Food Programme convoy with six other people when they were ambushed on February 22, 2021.

According to France 24, which cites the office of Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi, six assailants, armed with five AK-47s and a machete, forced the convoy to stop by firing warning shots.

The assailants forced those in the vehicles to get out and shot dead one of the drivers, identified by the WFP as Moustapha Milambo, to ensure the rest complied.

The assailants then forced the others — four WFP workers, the ambassador, and his bodyguard, Italian carabiniere Vittorio Iacovacci — to follow them into the bush.

At this point a DRC army unit and park rangers responded and a gun battle ensued.

Italian prosecutor Alberto Pioletti told CNN Ambassador Attanasio and his bodyguard Iacovacci were hit by two bullets each.

Pioletti said the two died in a gunbattle, and were not killed execution-style, as had previously been reported.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Location of the attack on a map
2. Italian Ambassador Luca Attanasio's convoy en route to a WFP school feeding program
3. Six assailants stop the convoy by firing warning shots
4. Assailants force those in the convoy to get out of their vehicles, kill driver
5. Assailants march the rest of the convoy toward the bush
6. DRC soldiers and park rangers engage assailants in a gun battle

VOICEOVER (in English):

"Italian Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo Luca Attanasio was in a World Food Programme convoy with six other people when they were ambushed on February 22, 2021."

"The convoy was traveling next to the border with Rwanda and Virunga National Park, near the regional capital of Goma, en route to a WFP school feeding program."

"According to France 24, which cites the office of Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi, six assailants, armed with five AK-47s and a machete, forced the convoy to stop by firing warning shots."

"The assailants forced those in the vehicles to get out and shot dead one of the drivers, identified by the WFP as Moustapha Milambo, to ensure the rest complied."

"The assailants then forced the others — four WFP workers, the ambassador, and his bodyguard, Italian carabiniere Vittorio Iacovacci — to follow them into the bush."

"At this point a DRC army unit and park rangers responded and a gun battle ensued."

"Italian prosecutor Alberto Pioletti told CNN Ambassador Attanasio and his bodyguard Iacovacci were hit by two bullets each."

"Iacovacci died at the scene. Attanasio died on his way to the hospital."

SOURCES: CNN, France 24, SABC, The East African, Rassegna - Today, WFP
https://edition.cnn.com/2021/02/25/africa/italian-ambassador-death-gun-battle-intl/index.html
https://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/tea/rest-of-africa/-death-of-italy-s-envoy-in-dr-congo-attack-what-we-know-3304064
https://www.sabcnews.com/sabcnews/un-condemns-attack-on-world-food-programme-convoy-in-eastern-drc/
https://www.today.it/rassegna/luca-attanasio.html
https://www.wfp.org/news/information-update-democratic-republic-congo-security-incident