Attack on US convoy in Nigeria, 4 dead

Desk Report:: Gunmen attack US convoy in Nigeria, killing four Three others were abducted. Local police and US officials have confirmed this information.

The incident took place on Tuesday (May 16) in the Anambra region of the West African country. However, Nigerian police spokesperson Ikenga Tochukwu confirmed that there were no US citizens in the convoy.

Active separatist attacks have increased in recent years in Nigeria. They usually attack police or government buildings.

Ikenga said gunmen attacked on Tuesday, killing two police mobile force operatives and two US consulate workers. Later they set their car on fire.

The attack took place at Osamale Road in Ogbaru District around 3:30 pm local time.

The police spokesperson said that joint security forces have been deployed at the scene. But before that, the gunmen abducted two policemen and a driver. An operation is underway to rescue them.

US National Security Council spokesman John Kirby confirmed the attack in Nigeria during a press briefing in Washington DC. A US convoy was attacked, he said. But there were no US citizens there.

A US State Department spokesman said US mission personnel were working with Nigerian security forces to investigate the incident.

He said, safety of employees is the most important for us. And we take great precautions while going to the field.

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