According to John Kirby, the spokesperson for the United States National Security Council, no American citizen was harmed in the attack that targeted a convoy of US Consulate staff on Tuesday along Atani, Osamale Road in Anambra State, Nigeria.
On his YouTube channel, Kirby said that he received information about the incident and that ”What I can tell you is that no US citizens were involved and therefore there was no US citizens hurt. But we are aware of some casualties perhaps even some killed.”
The Anambra State Police Command, spokesman, Tobechukwu Ikenga also confirmed that no US citizen was in the convoy though four persons were killed in the attack.
“The Joint Security Forces have embarked on a rescue/recovery operation in Ogbaru LGA, following an attack on a convoy of staff of U S Consulate today 16/5/2023 by 3:30 pm along Atani, Osamale Road,” he said in a statement.
He said, “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 U S citizen was in the convoy.”