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Libya Arrests Four Over U.S. Consulate Attack

Sarah Parvini |
September 13, 2012 | 2:21 p.m. PDT

Senior News Editor


The Libyan flag. (Creative Commons)
The Libyan flag. (Creative Commons)
Libyan authorities arrested four people in connection to the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Deputy Interior Minister Wanis Sharif said Thursday.

"Four men are in custody and we are interrogating them because they are suspected of helping instigate the events at the US consulate," Sharif told Reuters.

U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed after gunmen attacked the U.S. consulate and a safe house Tuesday night. The attackers were first believed to be part of a mob blaming America for a film they said insulted the Prophet Mohammad, but reports later showed the violence was premeditated.

Libya organized a multiagency task force, combining all available resources to hunt down the suspected Islamic militants, including intelligence, defense and interior officials, according to the Wall Street Journal. Libyan officials declined to say how many suspects they are watching, citing sensitivities of the continuing investigation.

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