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U.S. ambassador to Libya killed in attack
The U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans were killed after armed men stormed the U.S. diplomatic mission in the eastern city of Benghazi on Tuesday.
Ambassador Chris Stevens died from injuries sustained in the attack.
President Obama confirmed Mr. Stevens death on Wednesday morning and in a statement condemned what he described as an outrageous attack.
The mob in Benghazi was angry over a video reportedly produced in the U.S., which they said was insulting to Islam’s prophet, Muhammad.
“I strongly condemn the outrageous attack on our diplomatic facility in Benghazi, which took the lives of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens,” Mr. Obama said.
The victims “exemplified America’s commitment to freedom, justice, and partnership with nations and people around the globe, and stand in stark contrast to those who callously took their lives,” he added.
Mr. Stevens had run the U.S. mission in Benghazi after the revolution against Moammar Gadhafi’s regime erupted in February of last year. He was confirmed as ambassador to Libya by the Senate earlier this year.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton identified one of the other victims as Foreign Service Information Management Officer, Sean Smith. The family of the other two victims were yet to be informed of their deaths.
Mr. Stevens died from injuries sustained in the attack on the diplomatic mission.
“As the conflict in Libya unfolded, Chris was one of the first Americans on the ground in Benghazi,” she added. “He risked his own life to lend the Libyan people a helping hand to build the foundation for a new, free nation.”
Mr. Smith, a father of two, joined the State Department 10 years ago.
Before Benghazi, he served in Baghdad, Pretoria, Montreal, and most recently The Hague.
“All the Americans we lost in yesterday’s attacks made the ultimate sacrifice,” she added. “We condemn this vicious and violent attack that took their lives, which they had committed to helping the Libyan people reach for a better future.”
Libyan Deputy Prime Minister Mustafa Abushagur in a Twitter posting said this was an attack on “America, Libya and free people everywhere.”
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh-Rasmussen also condemned the attack in Benghazi. “Such violence can never be justified,” he said.
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About the Author
Ashish Kumar Sen is a reporter covering foreign policy and international developments for The Washington Times.
Prior to joining The Times, Mr. Sen worked for publications in Asia and the Middle East. His work has appeared in a number of publications and online news sites including the British Broadcasting Corp., Asia Times Online and Outlook magazine.
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