A state funeral for has been held by Italy, for its ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Luca Attanasio, and his bodyguard Vittorio Lacovacci, killed in an ambush.

On the death of the ambassador and his bodyguard, Attanasio, 43, and Lacovacci, 30, were kidnapped Monday, while travelling in a United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) convoy to visit a school feeding project and shot dead.

Another victim of the ambush was Mustapha Milambo, a WFP driver. He was also killed in the attack, but buried in the DRC on Tuesday.

The funeral which was held on Thursday, in was held in the Basilica of St Mary of the Angels and Martyrs, a church in the capital, Rome, where services for national leaders and cultural figures hold, was attended by Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi and other ministers.

On the proceeding, the military played their role as a soldier commanded “Honour to the fallen” and a military band played a sombre march as they were carried into the church after the caskets, draped in the Italian flag, were given a military salute as they were removed from hearses.

In reaction to the activities in the funeral, Cardinal Angelo De Donatis said, “These brothers decided to commit themselves to helping others even if it meant sacrificing their lives,”

De Donatis who spoke further also emphasized that the deaths should prompt everyone to “hear the cry of the people of Congo, cruelly devastated by violence as it sees its sons and daughters die every day”.