No US citizen killed in Anambra attack, security spokesperson says

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby speaks during a briefing at the Pentagon in Washington, Friday, May 20, 2022. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

The United States of America has said that none of its citizens was affected in the Tuesday Anambra attack on its Consulate staff convoy.

Recall that four staff members of the United States Embassy in Nigeria were shot dead in the Ogbaru Local Government Area of Anambra state following an attack on their vehicle on Tuesday.

It was later disclosed by US National Security Council Spokesperson John Kirby that the convoy of embassy officials who were on a humanitarian mission in the state came under fire while they were passing through the area.

Kirby said, “I just got informed about a whole lot before coming out here to talk to you all. Just looks like a US convoy vehicle was attacked.”


”What I can tell you is that no US citizens were involved and therefore there were no US citizens hurt. But we are aware of some casualties, perhaps even some killed.”


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Police Public Relations Officer in Anambra State Tobechukwu Ikenga, in a statement, also confirmed that no citizen of the US was in the convoy.

“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 on Tuesday 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, the driver of the second vehicle and took to their heels. No US citizen was in the convoy,” he said.