John Kirby, spokesman for the National Security Council, claimed that an American convoy was ambushed by gunmen in Nigeria on Tuesday. Police in Nigeria reported four f@talities as a result of the incident in Anambra State in the country’s southeast. Abductors took three others hostage.
“It does look like a U.S. convoy vehicles was att@cked. What I can tell you is that no U.S. citizens were involved. And therefore there were no U.S. citizens hurt,” Kirby said at a briefing.
“We are aware of some casualties, perhaps even some killed, but I don’t want to get too far ahead of where we are right now. It just happened and the State Department’s looking into this,” Kirby added.
“No U.S. citizen was in the convoy,” Nigerian police spokesman Ikenga Tochukwu confirmed. Police say the assault happened on Tuesday afternoon on the Atani, Osamale road in the Ogbaru district. Tochukwu claimed that before setting their vehicle ablaze, the assailants “murdered two of the Police Mobile Force operatives and two staff of the consulate.”
Att@cks by separatists in the region, who typically aim at law enforcement or government facilities, have increased over the past few years. Tochukwu reported that despite the presence of joint security forces at the area, two police operatives and a driver were kidn@pped.
He also said in his statement that a “rescue/recovery operation” had begun on Tuesday night. “U.S. Mission Nigeria personnel are working with Nigerian security services to investigate,” a State Department spokesperson told AFP.
“The security of our personnel is always paramount, and we take extensive precautions when organizing trips to the field.” The Indigenous People of Biafra movement (IPOB) and its armed component, the Eastern Security Network, are frequently blamed by Nigerian officials for attacks in the southeast region of the country.
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Gunmen attacked an American convoy in Nigeria on Tuesday, National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby said. https://t.co/I6xiOy3Dlq
— CBS News (@CBSNews) May 17, 2023
IPOB has denied involvement in the violence on multiple occasions. Nnamdi Kanu, the head of the group, was arr*sted outside of Nigeria and extradited to stand prosecution for treason. In 1967, Igbo army soldiers in the country’s southeastern region declared independence as the Biafra Republic, setting off a civil war that lasted three years and claimed the lives of over a million people.
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Bola Tinubu, the new president of Africa’s most populous nation, will take office later this month, and he will have several challenges on his plate. The military is also fighting a jihadist insurgency that has been going on for 14 years, kidn@pping and m*rder gangs in the northwest and central states, and piracy in the Gulf of Guinea.
There was a lull in att@cks during the presidential and gubernatorial elections in February and March, but that quiet has now been broken. One among those opposing Tinubu’s victory is former Anambra State Governor Peter Obi, who campaigned for president but lost on February 25.
Obi claims fraud occurred during the election. The electoral commission acknowledged “glitches” but denied allegations of a not-free-and-fair election.
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