The United States has said that some officials in the convoy that was attacked by gunmen are still missing.
This was disclosed by the US Secretary of state, Antony Blinken, in a statement issued on Wednesday, noting that the US will ensure the assailants are brought to book.
Unknown gunmen had on Tuesday attacked a convoy conveying staff of the US consulate, officers of the Nigeria Police Force, NPF, and some civilians.
According to the Anambra police spokesperson, Tochukwu Ikenga, two police officers and two staff of the consulate were killed during the attack.
Ikenga added that bodies of the victims were set on fire by the attackers.
The White House had assured that the state department was looking into the matter.
Blinken said the convoy was conveying the staff to a US-funded flood project in Anambra.
He said some members of the convoy “are unaccounted for”, adding that the US would collaborate with Nigerian security agencies to ensure that the attackers are brought to book.
“Unknown assailants yesterday attacked a convoy of two US. government vehicles in the Ogbaru Local Government Area of Anambra state, Nigeria. The convoy was carrying nine Nigerian nationals: five employees of the U.S. Mission to Nigeria and four members of the Nigeria Police Force. They were travelling in advance of a planned visit by U.S. Mission personnel to a U.S.-funded flood response project in Anambra,” the statement reads.
“We do not yet know the motive for the attack, but we have no indications at this time that it was targeted against our Mission. The assailants killed at least four members of the convoy, and U.S. Mission personnel are working urgently with Nigerian counterparts to ascertain the location and condition of the members of the convoy who are unaccounted for.
“We condemn in the strongest terms this attack. We will work closely with our Nigerian law enforcement colleagues in seeking to bring those responsible to justice.”
Blinken said the US will do “everything possible to safely recover those who remain missing”.
The US will continue to assist Nigeria in the fight against violence and insecurity, he added.
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