Wednesday, September 12, 2012

BBC, Reuters say U.S. Ambassador killed in Libya

Rockets killed 4 at Benghazi consulate

Benghazi, Libya – British broadcasters reported a Libyan official announced U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and three staff members lost their lives in a rocket attack at the consulate's office in this eastern port city.

It was unclear if the Ambassador and his staff members were in the car or inside the consulate when the gunmen attacked.

U.S. officials reported the death of one U.S. employee late Tuesday, but declined to name the casualty of the attack, which followed an earlier 9/11 skirmish by protesters at the U.S. Embassy at Cairo, Egypt.

Mobs in both cities, enraged with a U.S.-made motion picture which they feel is insulting to the Prophet Mohammed, stormed the U.S. diplomatic compounds.

At Cairo, the attackers scaled the embassy walls and replaced the American flag with a black flag. No one was injured in that incident.

Details reported by BBC, Reuters and the Daily Telegraph were sketchy.

A Libyan security official told Reuters news service, “The Libyan ambassador and three staff members were killed when gunmen fired rockets at them.”

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