Hutu rebels blame DRC, Rwanda armies for Italian ambassador’s killing, World Information
Rwandan Hutu rebels on Tuesday denied accusations they had been behind the killing of the Italian ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo and as an alternative blamed the armies of the DRC and Rwanda, as additional particulars emerged concerning the assault.
Luca Attanasio, 43, died on Monday after a World Meals Programme (WFP) convoy was ambushed in a harmful a part of japanese DRC.
The envoy’s Italian bodyguard, Vittorio Iacovacci, and a Congolese driver, who has not been recognized additionally died on the sphere journey.
The DRC’s inside ministry on Monday blamed the killings on ‘members of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR)’, Rwandan Hutu insurgent group that has plagued the area for greater than 1 / 4 of a century.
However the FDLR rejected the allegation, blaming the Rwandan military and the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) for the assault in an announcement obtained on Tuesday.
It stated the ambassador’s convoy was attacked close to the Rwandan border, ‘not removed from a place of the FARDC’.
“The duty for this despicable killing is to be discovered within the ranks of those two armies and their sponsors, who’ve solid an unnatural alliance to perpetuate the pillaging of japanese DRC,” it stated.
The FDLR known as on Kinshasa and UN peacekeeping drive MONUSCO to ‘shed mild’ on the killings ‘as an alternative of resorting to hasty accusations’.
The DRC and Rwanda authorities haven’t reported the presence of any common Rwandan troops within the DRC.
However an skilled on the Kivu Safety Tracker (KST), a US monitor, stated the Hutu insurgent group has a identified presence within the area.
“The FDLR are close to the place the place the assault happened. It is within the realm of chance that the Rwandan rebels are chargeable for this assault,” the skilled stated, talking on situation of anonymity.
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