The Italian ambassador and a policeman travelling with him were killed after a UN convoy was attacked near the town of Kanyamahoro.
The Italian ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the 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.
The convoy was attacked on Monday near the town of Kanyamahoro at approximately 10:15am (08:15 GMT) as part of a kidnap attempt, the Virunga National Park told Reuters.
Ambassador Luca Attanasio “died immediately of his wounds”, a senior diplomatic source in Kinshasa told AFP.
Attanasio was evacuated after park rangers intervened, the park said.
Many armed groups operate in and around Virunga, which lies along the DRC’s borders with Rwanda and Uganda, and they have repeatedly attacked Virunga rangers.