Tunisia consulate attack suspect arrested

2012-10-24 20:33

Tunis - The Tunisian government has confirmed it has arrested a 28-year-old Tunisian reportedly linked to the US consulate attack in Libya.

Tunisian Interior Ministry spokesperson Tarrouch Khaled said on Wednesday that Ali Harzi was in custody in Tunis. Khaled tells The Associated Press "his case is in the hands of justice." He did not elaborate.

In Washington, the State Department had no comment. Earlier this month, Defence Secretary Leon Panetta said the US has been looking into the arrests of two Tunisian men being detained in Turkey reportedly in connection with attacks on a consulate in Libya last month.

Ambassador J Christopher Stevens and three other Americans died in the attack on the US diplomatic post in the Libyan capital of Benghazi on 11 September.