Vittorio Iacovacci Carabiniere
Vittorio Iacovacci was the guard of Luca Attanasio, an Italian diplomat, who served as the ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo from 2017 until his death in February 2021. Mr. Attanasio had been Italy’s head of mission in Kinshasa since 2017.
Iacovacci was an Italian military policeman serving as the bodyguard of Attanasio.
Vittorio Iacovacci Carabinieri
Italy’s ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo has been killed during an attempted kidnap, according to reports. The Italian foreign ministry said Luca Attanasio, a carabinieri police officer who was providing security for him and a third person were killed in Goma.
They were traveling in a UN convoy in Congo but the ministry provided no other details. An Italian military policeman, Vittorio Iacovacci and an unnamed Congolese driver who was working for the UN’s World Food Programme also died.
Luca Attanasio, Italy’s ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo, was among three people killed in an attack on a humanitarian convoy on Monday near the city of Goma.https://t.co/BhSh0re6DG
— The New York Times (@nytimes) February 22, 2021
Vittorio Iacovacci Carabiniere Killed
The Reuters news agency quoting a source from the Virunga National Park said the convoy was attacked during a kidnap attempt near the town of Kanyamahoro at around 10.15 am local time (8.15 am GMT). The park had said earlier that two people in the convoy had been killed and the 43-year-old ambassador wounded.
It was not immediately clear who was behind the attack. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. Italian newspaper La Repubblica said Virunga rangers immediately launched an operation to free him but he was found dead. His body was taken to the hospital in Goma.
Mr. Attanasio had been Italy’s head of mission in Kinshasa since 2017.
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Iacovacci’s Facebook account has not been found yet.