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Pledging accountability.. Blinken condemns the attack on an American convoy in Nigeria

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The two-vehicle convoy was carrying nine people, all Nigerians, five of whom work for the US government and four are police.

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken pledged on Wednesday that the United States would hold the perpetrators of an attack on a US convoy in Nigeria accountable, adding that the convoy was on a mission as part of efforts to respond to floods.

“We condemn this attack in the strongest terms. We will continue to work closely with our Nigerian law enforcement counterparts to bring those responsible to justice,” Blinken said in a statement.

He added, confirming Nigerian police reports that the attack, which took place in Anambra state in southeastern Nigeria, killed four people, “at least.”

The two-vehicle convoy was carrying nine people, all Nigerians, five of whom work for the US government and four policemen.

“terrible attack”

On Wednesday, the Nigerian National Police said in a statement that seven people were killed in the attack, which took place on Tuesday in Ogbaru district of Anambra state.

Blinken said the convoy was on its way to prepare to inspect a US-funded flood response project.

He added, “We do not yet know the motives of the attack, but we have no indications yet that it targeted” the embassy specifically.

He praised the efforts of the local staff, and said: “We express our sincere condolences to the families of those killed in the attack and pledge to do everything we can to bring back those still missing, safely.”

On Wednesday, Anambra state authorities denounced the “outrageous and unprovoked” attack on the convoy.

separatist movement

The state authorities also regretted that the US team had not properly informed the local security services of its movements.

And it said in a statement, “It is clear from the information received from the various security services in the state that the visiting team made its own security arrangements and fully circumvented the security structure of the state.”

Nigerian officials often point the finger of blame for attacks in the southeast of the country to the “Movement of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra” and its military wing, the Eastern Security Network.

The issue of secession is a sensitive issue in Nigeria, where an attempt to secede the Biafra region in 1967, led by army officers, led to a civil war that lasted three years and left more than a million people dead.

Separatists are still active in the southeast, where they have stepped up attacks in the past few years, usually targeting police or government buildings.

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