U.S. Ambassador to Libya Killed in Rocket Attack

Posted: September 12, 2012 in Uncategorized
Religion Today Wednesday, September 12, 2012

The United States ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens, was killed in a rocket attack on the American consulate in the city of Benghazi on Tuesday, the first U.S. ambassador to be killed in an attack since 1979, CNN reports. “Chris was a courageous and exemplary representative of the United States,” said President Barack Obama, calling the attack “outrageous” and confirming that four Americans, including Stevens, were killed. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton identified a second victim as Sean Smith, a Foreign Service information management officer who was a 10-year veteran of the State Department, a husband and a father of two. The other two victims have not been named. According to Libya’s Deputy Interior Minister Wanis al-Sharif, the “angry crowd” that stormed the consulate — burning, ransacking and badly damaging it — was furious about an online film considered offensive to Islam. The U.S. Embassy in Egypt was also attacked Tuesday in response to the film. Libya’s prime minister, Abdurrahim el-Keib, apologized “to the American people and the government, and also to the rest of the world” for the “cowardly criminal act.”

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