lvedThe Spokesperson for US National Security Council (NSC), John Kirby, has confirmed the attack on the security convoy of the US in Anambra State Tuesday leading to the death of four persons.
The victims were killed when unknown gunmen attacked a convoy of vehicles conveying officials of the United States (US) Embassy in Nigeria on Tuesday, May 16.
The incident reportedly occurred late on Tuesday night in the Amiyi/Eke Ochuche axis of Ogbaru Local Government Area of Anambra State.
According to reports, the diplomatic delegation, said to be on a humanitarian mission, came under fire as they were passing through the area.
As of the time of filing this report, details of the attack remain unknown but sources confirm that four staff of the embassy were killed in the attack.
In a press briefing at the White House, Kirby disclosed that casualty was recorded in the attack, but added that no US citizen was affected.
“I just got informed before coming here to talk to you. It does look like US convoy vehicle was attacked.
“What I can tell you is that no US citizens were involved, and therefore, there was no US citizen hurt. But we are aware of some casualties, perhaps even some killed.
“But I don’t want to get too far ahead of where we are right now,” Kirby stated.
He added that State Department will look into the issue.
The incident occurred in a region of Nigeria struggling with separatist terrorism and violent crimes. The identity of the attackers is unclear.
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The US Mission in Nigeria affirmed the attack and stated that its staff was working with Nigerian security officers to identify the cause.
“We confirm there was an incident on May 16 in Anambra State. US Mission Nigeria personnel are working with Nigerian security services to investigate.
Spokesperson for the Anambra Police Command, Tochukwu Ikenga, confirmed the incident to Daily Trust but did not go into details.
“Following the information of the shooting incident within the Ogbaru community, the Commissioner of Police, CP Echeng Echeng, has deployed a police team led by the deputy commissioner of police in charge of operations to arrest the situation.
“Meanwhile, the details of the incident are still sketchy, I will get back to you as soon as I can, please,” Ikenga to Daily Trust Newspaper.
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