US condemns attack, killing of embassy staff in Anambra
The United States (US) has condemned the killing of its staff in the attack that took place in the Amiyi/Eke Ochuche communities of Ogbaru Local Government Area of Anambra state on Tuesday.
“We condemn in the strongest terms this attack. We will work closely with our Nigerian law enforcement colleagues in seeking to bring those responsible to justice,” the US said in a statement signed by Secretary of State, Antony John Blinken.
“The United States has no greater priority than the safety and security of our personnel.”
The attack by unknown gunmen on Wednesday claimed the lives of four staff members from the US Embassy in Nigeria.
The victims who were on a humanitarian mission in the state were ruthlessly shot dead during an ambush.
Addressing the incident in a press briefing, national security council spokesperson, John Kirby, said no US citizen was harmed.
The White House earlier confirmed that no US citizen was involved in the attack on the officials of the US Embassy in Anambra.
Blinken said the US will do everything within its power to recover its staff who are still missing following the attack and condoled with family members of the victims.
“We express our heartfelt condolences to the families of those killed in the attack, and pledge to do everything possible to safely recover those who remain missing.
“We deeply value our relationship with our Locally Employed Staff and our partnership with Nigeria.
“The United States reaffirms its commitment to the people of Nigeria to assist in the fight against violence and insecurity.”