Gunmen kill police officers, US consulate staff in Anambra

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Gunmen on Tuesday shot dead four persons, including two staff of the United States consulate in Nigeria and two police officers.

The consulate staff were in Ogbaru Local Government Area of Anambra State when they were attacked by gunmen.

It was gathered that the bodies of the deceased were also set ablaze by the gunmen.

DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, spokesman of the state police command confirmed this in a statement on Tuesday evening.

The statement read in parts “The Joint Security Forces have embarked on a rescue/recovery operation in Ogbaru LGA, following an attack on a convoy of staff of U S Consulate today 16/5/2023 by 3:30 pm along Atani, Osamale road.

“The hoodlums murdered two of the PMF operatives, and two staff of the Consulate, and set their bodies ablaze and their vehicles.

“Also, the arsonist/murderers on sighting the responding joint security forces abducted two Police operatives, the driver of the second vehicle and took to their heels. No U S citizen was in the convoy”

The Command regretted that a convoy of such magnitude will enter the state without recourse to the police in the area or any security agency.

It, however, assured that the battle against the insurgents in the State is focused and it will remain sustained until such a time security stability is fully restored.