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Rombongan PBB Diserang, Dubes Italia untuk Kongo Tewas

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Selasa, 23 Feb 2021 14:38 WIB

Kongo - Duta Besar Italia untuk Kongo, pengawalnya dan seorang supir dari Program Pangan Dunia PBB (FWP) tewas ketika rombongan mereka diserang di Kongo bagian timur.

United Nations peacekeepers and Congolese forces guard an area leading to where bodies were found near to where a U.N. convoy was attacked and the Italian ambassador to Congo killed, in Nyiragongo, North Kivu province, Congo Monday, Feb. 22, 2021. The Italian ambassador to Congo Luca Attanasio, an Italian Carabineri police officer and their Congolese driver were killed Monday in an attack on a U.N. convoy in an area that is home to myriad rebel groups, the Foreign Ministry and local people said. (AP Photo/Justin Kabumba)

Seperti dilansir Reuters, Selasa (23/2/2021), juru bicara Taman Nasional Virunga mengatakan bahwa serangan terhadap rombongan Dubes Italia terjadi sekitar pukul 10.15 pagi waktu setempat. Serangan itu dilakukan dalam upaya percobaan penculikan di dekat kota Kanyamahoro, sekitar 25 km sebelah utara ibu kota regional, Goma.  

United Nations peacekeepers and Congolese forces guard an area leading to where bodies were found near to where a U.N. convoy was attacked and the Italian ambassador to Congo killed, in Nyiragongo, North Kivu province, Congo Monday, Feb. 22, 2021. The Italian ambassador to Congo Luca Attanasio, an Italian Carabineri police officer and their Congolese driver were killed Monday in an attack on a U.N. convoy in an area that is home to myriad rebel groups, the Foreign Ministry and local people said. (AP Photo/Justin Kabumba)

Dalam sebuah pernyataan yang dirilis oleh pemerintah Italia, para korban yang tewas diidentifikasi sebagai Luca Attanasio (43) atau sang Dubes, seorang polisi militer Italia bernama Vittorio Iacovacci (30) dan seorang supir asal Kongo, yang namanya belum dirilis. Lebih lanjut, sang supir diketahui bekerja untuk FWP, dan beberapa penumpang lainnya terluka.  

United Nations peacekeepers and Congolese forces guard an area leading to where bodies were found near to where a U.N. convoy was attacked and the Italian ambassador to Congo killed, in Nyiragongo, North Kivu province, Congo Monday, Feb. 22, 2021. The Italian ambassador to Congo Luca Attanasio, an Italian Carabineri police officer and their Congolese driver were killed Monday in an attack on a U.N. convoy in an area that is home to myriad rebel groups, the Foreign Ministry and local people said. (AP Photo/Justin Kabumba)

Belasan anggota kelompok bersenjata beroperasi di dan sekitar wilayah Virunga, yang terletak di sepanjang perbatasan Kongo dengan Rwanda dan Uganda. Penjaga taman Nasional Virunga mengaku telah berulang kali diserang dan sekitar enam orang tewas dalam penyergapan bulan lalu.  

United Nations peacekeepers and Congolese forces guard an area leading to where bodies were found near to where a U.N. convoy was attacked and the Italian ambassador to Congo killed, in Nyiragongo, North Kivu province, Congo Monday, Feb. 22, 2021. The Italian ambassador to Congo Luca Attanasio, an Italian Carabineri police officer and their Congolese driver were killed Monday in an attack on a U.N. convoy in an area that is home to myriad rebel groups, the Foreign Ministry and local people said. (AP Photo/Justin Kabumba)

Gubernur provinsi Kivu Utara, Carly Nzanzu Kasivita, mengatakan kepada Reuters bahwa penyerang menghentikan konvoi dengan melepaskan tembakan peringatan. Mereka membunuh pengemudi dan memimpin yang lain untuk masuk ke hutan, kemudian seorang penjaga taman melepaskan tembakan. Nzanzu menyatakan bahwa para penyerang membunuh sang pengawal dan Dubes Italia juga tewas.  

United Nations peacekeepers and Congolese forces guard an area leading to where bodies were found near to where a U.N. convoy was attacked and the Italian ambassador to Congo killed, in Nyiragongo, North Kivu province, Congo Monday, Feb. 22, 2021. The Italian ambassador to Congo Luca Attanasio, an Italian Carabineri police officer and their Congolese driver were killed Monday in an attack on a U.N. convoy in an area that is home to myriad rebel groups, the Foreign Ministry and local people said. (AP Photo/Justin Kabumba)

Juru bicara Virunga, Oliver Mukisya, mengatakan belum ada indikasi siapa yang berada di balik serangan itu, dan juga belum ada yang mengklaim bertanggung jawab.  

United Nations peacekeepers and Congolese forces guard an area leading to where bodies were found near to where a U.N. convoy was attacked and the Italian ambassador to Congo killed, in Nyiragongo, North Kivu province, Congo Monday, Feb. 22, 2021. The Italian ambassador to Congo Luca Attanasio, an Italian Carabineri police officer and their Congolese driver were killed Monday in an attack on a U.N. convoy in an area that is home to myriad rebel groups, the Foreign Ministry and local people said. (AP Photo/Justin Kabumba)

FWP mengatakan delegasinya saat itu sedang dalam perjalanan untuk mengunjungi program pemberian makan sekolah di Rutshuru. Dikatakan jalan sebelumnya telah diamankan meski tak ada pengawalan keamanan.  

Rombongan PBB Diserang, Dubes Italia untuk Kongo Tewas
Rombongan PBB Diserang, Dubes Italia untuk Kongo Tewas
Rombongan PBB Diserang, Dubes Italia untuk Kongo Tewas
Rombongan PBB Diserang, Dubes Italia untuk Kongo Tewas
Rombongan PBB Diserang, Dubes Italia untuk Kongo Tewas
Rombongan PBB Diserang, Dubes Italia untuk Kongo Tewas