by Fabio Giuseppe Carlo Carisio for VT Mediterranean
The Rome Public Prosecutor’s Office immediately launched an investigation into kidnapping and murder of suspected terrorist matrix on the ambush in which the Italian ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Luca Attanasio, and the carabiniere escorting the diplomatic convoy Vittorio Iacovacci were killed.
The diplomat was 43 years old and married to a woman of Moroccan origin with whom he had three children. The soldier of only 30 years was close to returning to his homeland where he was due to get married next summer.
According to the latest media reconstruction, the convoy, consisting of two World Food Program (WFP-WFP) cars, was traveling north, on the road between Goma and Rutshuru, where the Italian diplomat was supposed to visit a school food distribution program of the UN agency, just awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
The jeep with the ambassador on board was blocked by the attackers with large stones placed in the middle of the road in a well-planned ambush, according to the reconstruction of AfricaNews. The attackers fired a barrage of shots from automatic rifles at the vehicle, probably the Kalashnikovs of which terrorists and guerrillas make extensive use in Africa. The Congolese driver was killed immediately while the diplomatic official and the Italian soldier were taken to the forest together with other Congolese from the mission. A third Italian from an NGO managed to escape.
Meanwhile, the Rangers of nearby Virunga Park heard the shots and so soldiers of FARDC (DRC armed forces) fell on the spot where they engaged in a firefight with the kidnappers who thus shot on the two Italians, instantly killing the carabiniere Iacovacci and mortally wounding the ambassador Attanasio, transported by rescuers to the hospital in Goma where he died of numerous gunshot wounds. Evidence of the armed attack can also be seen from the damage to the vehicle visible in some dramatic images from the Congo. In one of them we see instead the dying ambassador carried away by the first rescuers who arrived on the spot.
North Kivu has been one of the most dangerous and problematic areas in the entire African country for decades. Region very rich in raw materials and infested by more than one hundred irregular formations that through violence try to get hold of the mineral deposits and the timber trade.
In recent months, the Virunga Park, which has been closed to tourists to preserve the primate population from a possible spread of the coronavirus, has seen an increase in episodes of banditry. Militias have created their own fort within the nature reserve where they can carry out kidnappings and illegal actions. In that area two British tourists were kidnapped in 2018. Precisely for this reason it remains a mystery why the two cars of the UN convoy did not have military escort vehicles and were not armored.
One of the most accredited hypotheses by the MSM media is that the culprits are bandits who wanted to kidnap the personnel of the humanitarian convoy to ask for a copious ransom in exchange. But that doesn’t explain why he was killed after being picked up from the car.
North Kivu governor Carly Nzanzu Kasivita instead hypothesized that the crime may have been committed by the FDLR (the armed group composed of the Rwandan Hutu genocide that has been operating in Congo since the late 90s) or by the Nyatura, a splinter formation of the FDLR.
But the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda denied being responsible for the ambush, according to the website Actualite.cd citing a statement by the rebel group which had already denied having carried out an attack that is commonly attributed to it, that in ‘last April in which 17 people died including 12 rangers of the Virunga National Park.
ISIS SPECTRE BEHIND THE AMBUSH
Instead, the latest attacks carried out by ISIS in Congo also lead to suspicion of Muslim extremist terrorists of the Islamic State of Central Africa, founded in 2019.
«At least 25 people were killed in the troubled Beni region of the Democratic republic of Congo Thursday (October, 28,2020), local sources said Friday. The incident occurred after an attack attributed to members of the Uganda-origin armed group, the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF)» reported Africa News.
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«Donat Kibuana, administrator of the Beni region told AFP that the army found the bodies of the victims in Tingwe, located some 30 kilometers from central Eringeti. The Ugandan Muslim rebel group has been in the DRC since 1995, attacking neighboring Uganda for years. It lives off trafficking in the dense forest around Beni, where they have settled» adds Afrina media.
The group is the most deadly armed group among the dozens that are still active in the two Kivu provinces Several of their attacks have been claimed by the Islamic state of central Africa since 2019. The ADF has never claimed any action. Instead ISIS, through its Amaq agency, also took responsibility for the assault on a prison in the same area, during which 1,300 dangerous inmates were released last October, as highlighted in the previous article.
The danger of the Islamic State of Central Africa led Marco Di Liddo, senior analyst of the Center for International Studies (CeSI) and head of the Africa desk, interviewed by Sputnik Italia on ethnic tendencies in the region, not to exclude the jihadist trail hypothesized by Gospa News.
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“The local militias try to counter the government armed forces and the United Nations stabilization mission, in order to control the territory and its resources” explained Di Liddo, also referring to the ethnic conflicts supported by different neighboring states
“The goal is to increasingly destabilize the DRC because if the country stabilized it could engulf all its neighbors and make illicit trafficking difficult, with which the corrupt armed forces of neighboring countries are also enriched” adds the analyst
Burundi supports the Hutu militias, Rwanda the Tutsi ones, while Uganda supports the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF): “An Islamist force from which the Islamic State in West Africa was born in 2015”. According to the expert, it is not excluded that the jihadist group ISIS may be behind the ambush of the Italian ambassador.
Fabio Giuseppe Carlo Carisio
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