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FLASH: U.S. Ambassador to Libya, 3 Other Embassy Staff Killed in Rocket Attack in Benghazi [View all]

Source: Al Jazeera English

US envoy dies in Benghazi consulate attack

Ambassador and three staffers killed during attack in east Libya city over US-produced film deemed insulting by Muslims.


Last Modified: 12 Sep 2012 09:23

The US ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, has died from smoke inhalation in an attack on the US consulate in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, security sources have said.

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.

"One American staff member has died and a number have been injured in the clashes," Abdel-Monem Al-Hurr, spokesman for Libya's Supreme Security Committee, said on Wednesday, adding that rocket-propelled grenades were fired at the building from a nearby farm.

"There are fierce clashes between the Libyan army and an armed militia outside the US consulate," he said. He also said roads had been closed off and security forces were surrounding the building.

Sharif Kouddous ‏@sharifkouddous
Al Jazeera quotes sources that US ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens died from smoke inhalation in attack on consulate http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2012/09/20129112108737726.html


Reuters India @ReutersIndia
FLASH: U.S. ambassador to Libya and 3 other embassy staff killed in Tuesday rocket attack in Benghazi - Libyan official


Michael van Poppel @mpoppel
Reuters urgent story does not give name of U.S. Ambassador, but U.S. Embassy website says ambassador is Chris Stevens


Michael van Poppel @mpoppel
Reuters, quoting Libyan official: 'The Libyan ambassador and three staff members were killed when gunmen fired rockets at them.'


Mohamed Eljarhb@Eljarh
Unconfirmed: picture of the American injured in #US Consulate in #Benghazi today #Libya pic.twitter.com/pHtgSZxt


Michael van Poppel @mpoppel
U.S. Ambassador Stevens died of asphyxiation, sources tell Al Arabiya


FRANCE 24 @FRANCE24
BREAKING #LIBYA: #US State Departement neither confirms nor denies death of its ambassador http://f24.my/rxo4QT #livef24


Read more: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2012/09/20129112108737726.html



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