U.S. Ambassador to Libya Killed In Mob Attack Over Film
Matt | On 12, Sep 2012
One day after the 11th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, the U.S. saw another tragedy on it’s people in northern Africa.
In a mob attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya on Wednesday, four Americans were killed. One of the fallen included the U.S. ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens. All the victims were shot in the attack in Benghazi.
It is believed that the murders were prompted from the release of an American online film depicting the prophet Mohammed in a negative light. Clearly, the ambassador nor any of his staff had anything to do with the movie. This killing is about as senseless as you can get.
On Wednesday morning, President Obama was joined by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for press remarks outside the White House condemning the attacks.
According to CNN, Libya’s Prime Minister Abdurrahim el-Keib offered his direct apologies to the American government people over what he called a “cowardly criminal act.”
The other three victims were lower-level State Department officials. One has been named as Sean Smith, a 10-year veteran of the department. The others were unnamed.
The bodies were seen in the street after the Consulate was looted and damaged. According to CNN, they were later taken to the Benghazi airport.