Wednesday, September 12, 2012

President Obama condemns the "outrageous" killing of four US officials in Libya

The US ambassador to Libya and three other embassy staff were killed in Tuesday's attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, it has been confirmed.

They died as an armed mob protesting over a film they say insults the Prophet Mohammed stormed the US consulate. It is not clear if US ambassador Christopher Stevens, 52, was killed in his car or the compound.

President Obama said he "strongly condemned" the "outrageous" attack.

"While the US rejects efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others, we must all unequivocally oppose the kind of senseless violence that took the lives of these public servants," he said.

Libya's deputy prime minister Mustafa Abu Shagur also condemned the "cowardly" attack in a Twitter message.

Gunmen attacked the compound on Tuesday evening, clashing with Libyan security forces before the latter withdrew as they came under heavy fire.

Reporters on the scene said they could see looters raiding the building, walking off with desks, chairs and washing machines. Read More