A US convoy was attacked in Nigeria on Tuesday May 16, killing four people, including two US consulate staff and two police officers, while three others were kidnapped, Nigerian Police and US officials report.

The attack reportedly took place in southeastern Anambra State. Anambra Police Command told media that the attackers “murdered two police officers and two US consulate staff and set fire to their bodies and vehicles.”

According to the White House and the local police, the staff members who were killed were not US citizens. “No American citizens were involved and therefore no American citizens were injured,” said John Kirby of the United States National Security Council.

When the assailants saw the security forces “they fled with two police officers and a driver of the second vehicle of the convoy”, said Ikenga Tochukwu, deputy superintendent of police, before adding that the joint security forces “have embarked on a rescue and recovery operation in the area.”

A State Department spokesperson also announced on Tuesday that “Mission Nigeria personnel are working with the Nigerian Security Service to investigate”.

AfrikPage with News Agencies