12 September 2012, 13:56

US envoy and 3 consulate officials killed in Benghazi: Libya

US envoy and 3 consulate officials killed in Benghazi: Libya

The American ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens, and three officials were killed when a mob attacked the US consulate in the eastern city of Benghazi, the interior ministry said Wednesday.

"The ambassador was killed along with three other officials," said Wanis al-Sharif, the deputy minister of the interior. Stevens' death in Tuesday's attack was confirmed in a tweet by Mustafa Abu Shagur, the deputy prime minister. 

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Libyan civilians help an unconscious man, identified by eyewitnesses as US ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens, at the US consulate compound in Benghazi © Photo: AFP

The attackers were firing rocket-propelled grenades. They were protesting against the disrespectful portrayal of the Prophet Muhammed in a recent American movie. According to Al Jazeera, the shelling was the work of the extremist group known as Ansar al-Sharia.

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Libyan Deputy Prime Minister Mustafa Abu Shagour confirmed on Wednesday that the U.S. ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, was killed in an attack in Libya.

"I do condemn the cowardly act of attacking the U.S. consulate and the killing of Mr Stevens and the other diplomats," Abu Shagur wrote on Twitter.

Stevens and three other embassy staff were killed in a rocket attack on Tuesday night that targeted his car in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, a Libyan official had told Reuters.  

US marines to bolster security in Libya

The United States is deploying a US Marine anti-terrorism team to Libya to bolster security after a deadly attack on its consulate in Benghazi, a US defense official said Wednesday.

"The Marines are sending a FAST (Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team) team to Libya," the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told AFP.

US pulls out Benghazi consulate 

The US has evacuated its consulate in Benghazi after an attack, which killed the US Ambassador to Libya and three consulate staff members.

35 members of the consulate staff have already been pulled out, an Arab-speaking TV channel says.

Ambassador Christopher Stevens paid a short working visit to Benghazi on the anniversary of 9/11 attacks. He is said to be among the four US officials who were killed during mass protests and an ensuing assault on the US Consulate in this eastern Libyan city.

Among the victims are two his marine bodyguards and an unidentified consulate official.

In 2011, Mr. Stevens acted as a go-between in negotiations with the Libyan rebel army, which later ousted Col. Muammar Gaddafi.

Libya regrets US ambassador's murder

Libya on Wednesday apologised to the United States a day after US Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed when an armed mob stormed the American consulate in Benghazi.

"We present our apologies to the United States, the American people and the entire world for what happened," Mohamed al-Megaryef, president of Libya's highest political authority the General National Congress, told reporters in the capital.

The White House has confirmed the death of US Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and three other American diplomats in yesterday’s attack on the US consulate in Benghazi. Reuters says the Americans are sending a plane to evacuate the bodies.

Reuters, AFP, Gazeta. Ru

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