Luca Attanasio born on 23 May 1977 in Saronno. He is a citizen of Italy. Luca Attanasio was educated at Bocconi University. He died on 22 February 2021 in Goma at age 43 years, 8 months.
He was an Italian diplomat.
Luca Attanasio has worked as a diplomat.
Luca Attanasio has held the position of ambassador of Italy to the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
At 10:30 am on 22 February 2021, a World Food Programme (WFP) convoy of three vehicles, carrying a total of seven people, of the MONUSCO, the United Nations mission for the stabilization of the Democratic Republic of Congo, in which Attanasio was travelling, was attacked by six armed individuals. The convoy was travelling in North Kivu, from the province's capital of Goma to a WFP school feeding programme in Rutshuru, a town 70 kilometres (43 mi) north of Goma, on a route that would have taken the vehicles through Virunga National Park. The attack occurred near the townships of Kibumba, and Kanyamahoro. The WFP has stated the attack occurred on a road that had previously been cleared for travel without security escorts.
Attanasio was the main target of the attack. As the gunmen attempted to kidnap him, they opened fire, killing Mustapha Milambo, the Congolese UN driver. Then they threatened the six other members of the convoy and brought them to the nearby forest. As local security forces were arriving at the scene following the report of shots fired, the gunmen killed 30-year-old carabiniere Vittorio Iacovacci and mortally wounded Attanasio. The attackers then kidnapped three of the hostages and fled the scene, while a third Italian national escaped unharmed. Attanasio was hospitalized in critical condition at the UN Hospital in Goma, but died there an hour later after his admission due to gunshot wounds to his abdomen, bringing the total number of deaths resulting from the attack to three. Attanasio was the first foreign ambassador to be killed in the DRC since 1993, and the first Italian ambassador killed while serving his term.
The state funerals for both Attanasio and Iacovacci were held on 25 February 2021, at the Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri in Rome.