UN / DRC ATTACK UPDATE

23-Feb-2021 00:01:59
Updating reporters on the DRC Monday attack that killed the Italian ambassador to the country, a WFP staff and an Italian embassy official, UN Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said, “the security incident involves seven people travelling in two World Food Programme vehicles on the road from Goma to Rutshuru in the east part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo where they were planning to visit a World Food Programme school feeding project.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / DRC ATTACK UPDATE
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DATELINE: 23 FEBRUARY 2021, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

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23 FEBRUARY 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, press briefing room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General:
“The security incident involves seven people travelling in two World Food Programme vehicles on the road from Goma to Rutshuru in the east part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo where they were planning to visit a World Food Programme school feeding project. The group comprised of five employees of the World Food Programme who were accompanying the Italian Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo as well as his security escort. The group left Goma approximately 9 am local time, and approximately 10:15 am local time, the two vehicle were stopped by an armed group and all passengers were forced to disembark from the cars, the World Food Programme driver of one of the vehicles, Mustapha Milambo was killed at this time. The remaining six passengers were then forced into the surrounding bush at gunpoint where there was an exchange of fire.”
4.Wide shot, press briefing room
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General:
“During the exchange of fire, the Italian Ambassador, Luca Attanasio and his security escort, Vittorio Iacovacci, were mortally injured and subsequently died. The four other passengers in the group - all WFP staff – are safe and accounted for. They include WFP Deputy Country Director in DRC, Rocco Leone, WFP School Feeding Programme Assistant, Fidele Zabandora, WFP Security Officer, Mansour Rwagaza, and WFP Driver, Claude Mukata. The UN Department for Safety and Security (UNDSS) will be leading a detailed review of the incident.”
6.Wide shot, press briefing room
STORYLINE
Updating reporters on the DRC Monday attack that killed the Italian ambassador to the country, a WFP staff and an Italian embassy official, UN Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric today (23 Feb) said, “the security incident involves seven people travelling in two World Food Programme vehicles on the road from Goma to Rutshuru in the east part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo where they were planning to visit a World Food Programme school feeding project.

Dujarric continued, “the group comprised of five employees of the World Food Programme who were accompanying the Italian Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo as well as his security escort. The group left Goma approximately 9 am local time, and approximately 10:15 am local time, the two vehicle were stopped by an armed group and all passengers were forced to disembark from the cars, the World Food Programme driver of one of the vehicles, Mustapha Milambo was killed at this time. The remaining six passengers were then forced into the surrounding bush at gunpoint where there was an exchange of fire.”

The Spokesperson also said, “during the exchange of fire, the Italian Ambassador, Luca Attanasio and his security escort, Vittorio Iacovacci, were mortally injured and subsequently died, adding that the four other passengers in the group - all WFP staff – are safe and accounted for. They include WFP Deputy Country Director in DRC, Rocco Leone, WFP School Feeding Programme Assistant, Fidele Zabandora, WFP Security Officer, Mansour Rwagaza, and WFP Driver, Claude Mukata.

The UN Department for Safety and Security (UNDSS) will be leading a detailed review of the incident, said Dujarric.
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