White House authorities have said no citizen of the United States died in the attack on a U.S. convoy vehicle in Anambra, Nigeria, Tuesday.
However, the nation confirmed that there was an attack on its diplomatic convoy in the southeast of the country.
“What I can tell you is that no U.S. citizens were involved,” National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby told Reuters. “But 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.”
US Convoy attacked in Nigeria, several dead, @WhiteHouse John Kirby said no US citizens were hurt, well still people were killed when a US convoy was hit in #Nigeria. WATCHhttps://t.co/NZq96B2BDo pic.twitter.com/bRVmSOcj9m
— Simon Ateba (@simonateba) May 16, 2023
But there are multiple reports that at least four staff members of the US embassy, were killed in the attack.
“Among the victims were white and black officials who were on a medical outreach to the rural riverine areas,” an unnamed source told Punch newspaper.
No group has taken responsibility for the attack yet.
The attack comes barely 24 hours after the US announced it’s visa restriction policy on Nigerians who undermined the country’s 2023 election.