Italian prosecutors reported Wednesday that they are investigating a senior World Food Program (WFP) official over the death of the Italian ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Luca Attanasio, who carried out an attack in Goma in February.
Prosecutor Michele Prestipino has indicated that the man was involved as a suspect in the investigation into the murder of the ambassador and, according to information from the Adnkronos news agency, was accused of “not taking any precautions”.
On February 22nd, a group of armed men attacked the WFP convoy, which was moving through Virunga Park in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo without an escort. A member of the Carabineros and a WFP employee were also killed in the attack.
The authorities have identified the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda Group (FDLR) responsible, which preliminary tests would have confirmed. However, the FDLR declined any role and targeted the armies of the DRC and Rwanda.
On the same Wednesday, the FDLR reported that Colonel Augustin Nshimiyimana, a senior official, was arrested while attending his son’s baptism in a church, a spokesman for the rebel group confirmed.
According to information from the BBC, Nshimiyimana was one of the group’s intelligence leaders between 2011 and 2019. His capture would have taken place last week by Rwandan troops, despite Rwanda’s insistence that its troops are not stationed on Congolese soil.
The FDLR is accused of child soldier recruitment, rape and systematic looting in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, while the Rwandan government accuses its members of involvement in the 1994 genocide.