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Fact Check: Were US Citizens Killed In The Anambra, Nigeria Attack?

Fact-checking the Anambra, Nigeria attack: Were US citizens among the casualties? We examine conflicting reports from Nigerian media and the US National Security Council

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Fact Check: Were US Citizens Killed In The Anambra, Nigeria Attack?

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In recent news, reports surfaced of a deadly attack on a US Embassy convoy in Anambra, Nigeria. The tragedy supposedly resulted in the loss of four embassy staff members, with claims of the victims being US citizens. However, the US National Security Council contradicts these reports, asserting that no US citizens were involved. This discrepancy necessitates a deep dive into the details to unravel the truth.

Conflicting Reports

According to a report by Daily Trust, the convoy of US embassy officials came under fire in the Ogbaru Local Government Area of Anambra State. Sources cited in the report claim that the officials were on a humanitarian mission. The casualties were allegedly US embassy staff, with at least four people killed and others injured.

“At least four persons were killed in the attack while others sustained injuries. Troops have taken over the community,” a security source told Daily Trust.

In a video statement from John Francis Kirby, the US National Security Council Spokesperson, a different narrative unfolds. Kirby confirmed an attack on a US convoy vehicle but denied any US citizen involvement or injuries.

“What I can tell you is that no US citizens were involved and therefore there was no US citizens hurt. But we are aware of some casualties perhaps even some killed.”

The conflicting accounts leave a fog of uncertainty over the incident, raising questions about the identities of the victims.

Unraveling the Truth

The Anambra attack happened in a region of Nigeria plagued with high levels of violence. Security operatives have blamed attacks on the outlawed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) and Eastern Security Network (ESN), its armed wing. Many lives have been lost in the campaign of violence launched by these groups, often operating under the guise of “unknown gunmen”.

Here are the key points to consider:

  1. DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, the Police Public Relations Officer in Anambra, confirmed the incident but did not provide details on the victims’ nationalities.
  2. The US Mission Nigeria confirmed the incident and mentioned collaborating with Nigerian security services for investigations. However, they did not comment on the victims’ identities.
  3. John Francis Kirby, the US National Security Council Spokesperson, stated that no US citizens were involved in the attack.

It is important to note that the term ‘US Embassy Staff’ could include both US citizens and Nigerian nationals. Embassies typically employ a mix of staff from the host country and the home country, which could explain the ambiguity in the reports.

While the facts are still unfolding, it seems premature to definitively state the nationality of the victims. Until further confirmation from authoritative sources, the claim that US citizens were killed in the Anambra attack remains unverified.

This tragic event underscores the volatile security situation in parts of Nigeria and the inherent risks for those serving in diplomatic missions. As investigations continue, we will update this report with any new information that becomes available.

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