Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Italy suspends activity at Benghazi consulate, withdraws staff

Italy suspended activity at its consulate in Benghazi and withdrew staff for security reasons on Tuesday after a gun attack on its consul at the weekend which underlined the precarious security situation in the North African state.

Unidentified gunmen opened fire on Guido De Sanctis's heavily armored car in Benghazi, Libya's second city, on Saturday. The diplomat was unhurt but the attack was a reminder of the September 11 attack on the U.S. mission there that killed the ambassador and three other Americans.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/15/us-italy-libya-idUSBRE90E0EQ20130115