Italy holds state funeral for ambassador and security official killed in Congo

Italy on Thursday held a state funeral on Thursday for its ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo and his bodyguard killed in an ambush that a cardinal said should prompt everyone to “hear the cry” of a people devastated by violence. Luca Attanasio, 43, and Vittorio Iacovacci, 30, were shot dead after being kidnapped… Read More Italy holds state funeral for ambassador and security official killed in Congo

Italy repatriates bodies of ambassador and security official killed in Congo

The bodies of Italy’s ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo and his bodyguard arrived back in Rome on Tuesday aboard a military aircraft, a day after they were shot dead following an ambush in eastern Congo. Ambassador Luca Attanasio, 43, and his bodyguard Vittorio Iacovacci, 30, were killed while travelling in a United Nations’… Read More Italy repatriates bodies of ambassador and security official killed in Congo

Italian envoy, two others dead following attack on UN convoy in Congo

Italy’s ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo and two other people were killed on Monday in an attack on a United Nations convoy in eastern Congo, Italy’s foreign ministry and park authorities said. The convoy was attacked at around 10:15 a.m. (0815 GMT)during an attempted kidnap by assailants near the town of Kanyamahoro, a… Read More Italian envoy, two others dead following attack on UN convoy in Congo

Six rangers dead, several injured as armed men ambush Virunga National Park in eastern Congo

Armed men on Sunday killed at least six rangers and wounded several others in an ambush in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo’s Virunga National Park, a sanctuary for endangered mountain gorillas, the park said. The identity of the assailants was not immediately clear, said Olivier Mukisya, a Virunga spokesman. Previous attacks against the rangers have… Read More Six rangers dead, several injured as armed men ambush Virunga National Park in eastern Congo

At least seventeen found dead following attack by Islamist militants on village in eastern Congo

At least 17 people were found hacked to death in a part of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo ravaged by attacks from Islamist militants, a local official said on Friday. Donat Kibwana, the administrator of Beni territory, blamed the deaths near the town of Eringeti on the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a Ugandan armed Islamist… Read More At least seventeen found dead following attack by Islamist militants on village in eastern Congo

Congo militia group NDC-R ousts leader, plans to surrender

One of the largest rebel groups in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo announced overnight that it had ousted its leader, accusing him of human rights abuses, and planned to surrender. Elsewhere in the region a different militia killed at least 25 villagers on Wednesday, local officials said. The NDC-R armed group, which control vast areas… Read More Congo militia group NDC-R ousts leader, plans to surrender

Fifteen dead as suspected Islamist rebels attack village in east Congo

Suspected Islamist rebels have killed about 15 people in east Congo, an official said on Wednesday, the latest in attacks causing anger at perceived inaction of the army and U.N. troops. The raid occurred overnight in the village of Maleki, near the city of Oicha in a forested region near the Ugandan border, said Donat… Read More Fifteen dead as suspected Islamist rebels attack village in east Congo

Congolese soldiers arrest rebel leader Masudi Alimasi Kokodiko

A Congolese rebel leader accused of orchestrating mass rapes and other atrocities has been caught, Democratic Republic of Congo’s army said on Thursday. Masudi Alimasi Kokodiko, leader of the widely feared Raia Mutomboki militia, was captured on Tuesday in South Kivu’s Shabunda territory after being wounded in a firefight, army spokesman Dieudonne Kasereka said. Raia… Read More Congolese soldiers arrest rebel leader Masudi Alimasi Kokodiko