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US ambassador to Libya 'killed in attack'

2012-09-12 12:05

Beirut - The US ambassador to Libya and three other embassy staff were killed in a rocket attack on Tuesday night that targeted his car in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, a Libyan official said on Wednesday.

"The American ambassador and three staff members were killed when gunmen fired rockets at them," the official in Benghazi told Reuters. Asked about the deaths, a US Embassy employee in Tripoli said: "We have no information regarding this." The employee said the embassy could confirm the death of one person.

The Libyan official said the US ambassador had been on his way to a safer venue after protesters attacked the US Consulate in Benghazi and opened fire, killing a staff member, in protest at a US film that they deemed blasphemous to the Prophet Mohammad.

The official said the ambassador and three other staff were killed when gunmen fired rockets at his car. He said the US embassy had sent a military plane to transport the bodies to Tripoli to fly them to the United States.

Gunmen assaulted the Benghazi compound on Tuesday evening, clashing with Libyan security forces, who withdrew under heavy fire. The attackers fired at the buildings while others threw handmade bombs into the compound, setting off small explosions. Small fires were burning around the compound.

The assault followed a protest in neighbouring Egypt where demonstrators scaled the walls of the US embassy, tore down the American flag and burned it during a protest over the same film which they said insulted the Prophet Mohammad.

Comments
  • veldt66 - 2012-09-12 12:13

    These terrorists this is the way to say thanx for help they received last year In toppling Gadafi, I saw this coming. A zebra will always be a Zebra!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-09-12 12:32

      Perhaps it's pay back for the bombing of their country. It's not like all Libyans supported the contras?

      alex.nkosi.39 - 2012-09-12 13:37

      Pathetic americans! Its really sad how freedom of speach went wrong with the so-called freedom fighters, when you know your action will cause a huge problems and choas, you must responsible of what is gonna happen, and bear in mind TOO MUCH FREEDOM DESTROYS.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-12 13:45

      . The effect of 30 years of tyranny by this psychopathic gaddafi scum, will be felt many years on. It is only these silly childish radicals with their anti Western crap, who would claim that the Libyans did not wanted to get rid of that prostitute. The recent elections PROVED the opposite !!!!

      dylan.sciarappa - 2012-09-12 14:02

      Anthony knows all

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-12 14:12

      . Well, it certainly does not take much, to know more than you !!!!!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-12 14:22

      . It is ironic, that on this same day, The Libyan Assembly proudly is choosing a new PM. This is after 30 years of tyranny by a madman, who turned into a monster. The Libyans have moved on while these radical LOSERS, are stuck in the same groof, as when their first heard about this prostitute!!

      bob.houston.3939 - 2012-09-12 14:40

      Now we have every right to go in guns blazing and take over. Why are these Arabs always attacking us?

      dylan.sciarappa - 2012-09-12 16:35

      Say thanks? Libya has been utterly destroyed and bombed back into the stone ages

      sydney.ackaah - 2012-09-12 17:17

      That is very good news, next time they should add both France & UK, they're the secret behind bombing of beautiful Libya. They choose to destroy the beautiful country and killed the innocent Libyans rather than do the right job they assigned for. Their intentions are to rebuild the country with exchange of oil. Well done Libyans and Good Muslims...

      watchman.smith - 2012-09-12 19:19

      This is exactly what you would expect from Muslims when their prophet and god who are dead and false anyway; are mocked. Where do you see Christians doing this in the name of Jesus Christ who is mocked and blasphemed daily? Never.

      Madhi - 2012-09-12 20:02

      Anton is an extremist who cares for no life other than his own. He is defending the terrorists because they hit Americans not Zionists, he does not even care that his fatherland would not survive one month without American money and weapons, that's how he is thanking Americans by apologising for such horrible acts.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-12 20:15

      Madhi, Please invite me to your 7th birthday party !!

  • larry.piggott1 - 2012-09-12 12:18

    Really bad situation, to kill the Presidents representative to the Country. Sadly I think that there is big trouble on the horizon…again.

  • deon.louw.7505 - 2012-09-12 13:18

    It was the 11th of September yesterday, precisely 11 years since that terrorist attack.

  • alex.nkosi.39 - 2012-09-12 13:27

    What a wonderfull pay back? I don't understand these western journos and film producers always insult and defame other religions(islam), we never saw islamists insulting JESUS christ and judaism, leave them alone and let prophet MOHAMMED and his followers alone. They ignite all these problems and then complain

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-09-12 14:02

      So if someone insults Mr Zuma or Gov. he should be killed? "Min dae" (Few days) left for our dearest Malema then.

      alex.nkosi.39 - 2012-09-12 14:15

      Deon, look at this carefully, how could they go ahead with defamatory film,knowing for sure,that it cause the deaths of innocnt civilians, its a kind of stupidity from american gov, and film producing company, for example supporting julias malema means applying the kinetic theory of ROBERT MOGABE in south africa that may lead to civil war in mzanzi

      vanillahero78 - 2012-09-12 14:21

      You do know that the said film was made by Egyptian Expats living in the US and not by Americans?

  • lulama - 2012-09-12 14:01

    December 21 is around the corner...the end is near.

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-09-12 14:02

    Time for an American air strike.

      bob.houston.3939 - 2012-09-12 14:41

      Oh it's coming, don't you worry about that. I know my people.

      dylan.sciarappa - 2012-09-12 16:36

      Yea bob. American warmongers

  • jeremy002 - 2012-09-12 14:04

    Aaah, the religion of peace.

      bob.houston.3939 - 2012-09-12 14:41

      Muslims are not peaceful. Who in the world told you that?

      jeremy002 - 2012-09-12 17:33

      Bit of tongue in cheek there, Bob. Sarcasm. Sorry about the misunderstanding.

      Madhi - 2012-09-12 20:10

      How many world wars christians started again? and how many of those were started by muslims? Do we have peace in SA? How many muslims are responsible for the crimes in ur streets again? Well u will be surprised how many people died for christianity and how many Bush killed for his evangelism. Easier to point figures at others and forget that many more are pointing at you. It is not muslim fault that christians cannot live like christ and muslims should never be insulted or provoked as the reaction will come, everyone knows that. No matter who the provoker is, he pays in this world and in the next for such insults.

  • alex.nkosi.39 - 2012-09-12 14:36

    I discovered this film was created by israeli-american writer,knowing that many muslims consider any depiction to prophet mohamed as an offensive, and hatred among different religions, israelis use freedom of speach/expression to spread hate and wars in the world, cristianituy should wake up

      zaks2217 - 2012-09-12 16:06

      You are spot on. This sort of manipulation has been going on since the time of Jesus himself. Christians have to wake up! Now this film has been made by a jew with a christian man on the front to cause problems between these two faiths as they don't accept neither as legitimate as according to them they are the chosen.

  • hannes.bez.3 - 2012-09-12 14:38

    And all of this in the name of religion!

  • sifiso.msimango - 2012-09-12 15:03

    actually they should burn us president

      philip.buys.1 - 2012-09-12 15:22

      Now what on earth made you to make such a comment. Another one from the pre-bronze age.

  • ben.louw.5 - 2012-09-12 15:31

    Moronic religious bafoons. When will people learn that they don't have the right NOT to be offended...

  • frank.liebenberg1 - 2012-09-12 18:17

    Its not payback, its not revenge... it is barbarity masked in a cloak of religion. Is this what we can expect from the "enlightened" Islamic masses now that they have the tacit support of what was once the champion of freedom, the USA? Take note Obama, some people just cannot be trusted.

  • Madhi - 2012-09-12 19:57

    There are people who simply refuse to learn, not even from their own mistakes. The US epitomises this stubborn refusal to learn. No matter whatever the west can do for the terrorists, including freeing them from dictatorships, nothing what's over will endear the west or the us to wahabis and other terrorists. This was long coming and it is not the last, once the libyans invading syria go back home then Europe will be an interesting target for them, the uk and france who are the champions of supporting terrorists are the most vulnerable and will taste the same sadly. The solution is there for all to see, get out of muslim lands and stop supporting terrorist in toppling governments in other countries. Syria will produce the worst terrorists with the most advanced weapons that will keep turkey and all the fiefdoms of Arabia to 24/7/365 targeting. Then civilians will die for the lack of wisdom by their leaders, what a shame.

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