J. Christopher Stevens, the US Ambassador to Libya and 3 other embassy staff have been killed during an attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, following fierce clashes at the compound, Libyan security sources say.
An armed mob attacked and set fire to the building in a protest against an amateur film deemed offensive to Islam’s Prophet Muhammad, after similar protests in Egypt’s capital.
Update at 7:41 a.m. ET: US President Barack Obama has issued a statement condemning the killings. (via NBC News)
I strongly condemn the outrageous attack on our diplomatic facility in Benghazi, which took the lives of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. Right now, the American people have the families of those we lost in our thoughts and prayers.
Source: Al Jazeera English