In a tragic incident on Monday around 3:30 pm, gunmen attacked a United States convoy in Ogbaru Council Area of Anambra State, in the south-east region of Nigeria.
According to both the White House and Anambra police, the individuals who were killed in the attack were not US citizens.
"No US citizens were involved, and therefore there were no US citizens hurt," stated John Kirby of the US National Security Council. He acknowledged, "We are aware of some casualties, perhaps even some killed."
DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, the Anambra State Police Public Relations Officer, confirmed the incident and provided details in a recent statement.
"The Joint Security Forces have embarked on a rescue/recovery operation in Ogbaru LGA, following an attack on a convoy of staff of the US Consulate today, 16/5/2023, by 3:30 pm along Atani, Osamale road.
"The hoodlums murdered two of the PMF operatives and two staff of the Consulate and set their bodies and vehicles ablaze.
"Also, the arsonist/murderers, on sighting the responding joint security forces, abducted two police operatives and the driver of the second vehicle before fleeing the scene. It is important to note that no U S citizen was in the convoy."
While no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, Anambra State has previously experienced acts of violence attributed to gunmen believed to be associated with the outlawed group IPOB.