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Statement by Minister Luigi Di Maio

It is with great dismay and immense sorrow that I have learnt of the death, today, of our Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo and of a Carabinieri policeman.

Two servants of the State who have been violently snatched from us in the performance of their duty. The circumstances of this brutal attack are still unclear and no effort will be spared to shed light on what happened.

Today, the State mourns the loss of two exemplary sons and stands by their families and their friends and colleagues at the Foreign Ministry and in the Carabinieri Corps.