US Ambassador to Libya killed in Benghazi consulate attack
Al Jazeera English: The US Ambassador to Libya and 3 other embassy staff have been killed during an attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, following fierce clashes at the compound, Libyan security sources say.
An armed mob attacked and set fire to the building in a protest against an amateur film deemed offensive to Islam’s Prophet Muhammad, after similar protests in Egypt’s capital.
Photo: Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens (US State Department)
Libyan deputy interior minister Wanis al-Sharif placed the blame on American shoulders: "They are to blame simply for not withdrawing their personnel from the premises, despite the fact that there was a similar incident when [al-Qaeda second-in-command and Libyan citizen] Abu Yahya al-Libi was killed. It was necessary that they take precauations. It was their fault that they did not take the necessary precautions," he said. Stevens, who was visiting the city, died of smoke inhalation.