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US embassy staff killed in attack on US convoy in Nigeria KXan 36 Daily News

Date: April 21, 2024 Time: 21:45:25

Anambra police spokesman Tochukwu Ikenga said gunmen killed four people and set their bodies and cars on fire. A joint security team was dispatched to the scene, Ikenga said, but only arrived after the attackers fled with the hostages, two other police officers and one of the drivers, according to the Associated Press.

The US State Department said its officials in Nigeria are working with national security agencies to investigate Tuesday night’s attack. “The safety of our staff is always of the utmost importance and we are taking every precaution when organizing excursions,” the State Department said in a statement. At this time, the nature of the trip made by the employees of the US Embassy in Anambra, nor the number of people in the convoy, is not clear. Ikenga said it was unfortunate that “an escort of such people or anyone associated with them would travel to the state without resorting to local police or any security agency.”

The attack in the town of Athani, 60 kilometers from the state capital, has further heightened concerns for the safety of residents and travelers amid violence that has escalated sharply in southeast Nigeria in recent years. .

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