Daily News header

Libyan Demonstration Turns Violent, US Ambassador to Libya Killed

By  

Christopher Stevens, the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, and three other American diplomats died after an islamist mob in Benghazi Libya gathered to demonstrate against a U.S.-made film. At some point, the demonstration turned violent and shots were fired.

Apparently, guards at the embassy fired back and then a heavy onslaught began, with RPGs fired at the embassy. The security of the embassy was breached and it was ransacked and burned.

The target of the demonstration, a film, "Innocence of Muslims," by California-based writer/director Sam Bacile, apparently denigrates islam and the prophet Muhammad, claiming he was a fraud.

ambassador christopher stevens
Ambassador Christopher Stevens
Photo: U.S. Department of State
The filmmaker, Sam Bacile, identifies himself as American and Israeli. The film was being promoted by an extreme anti-Muslim Egyptian Christian campaigner in the US.

Some excerpts from the film were overdubbed with Arabic and were posted on YouTube.

The Wall Street Journal says both Secretary Clinton and President Obama commented on the attack and death of Christopher Stevens. They also said the Libyan government is searching for the perpetrators, who they suspect to be pro-Gadhafi elements.

US Ambassador to Libya Is Killed - Wall Street Journal
The U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, and three other American diplomats were killed when suspected Libyan religious extremists stormed the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi late Tuesday, according to Libyan Deputy Prime Minister Mustafa Abushagour.

NPR has an audio of their morning edition, in which Renee Montagne and NPR's Michele Kelemen talk about the attack and deaths.

U.S. Condemns Killing Of Ambassador, Staff In Libya - NPR
U.S. Condemns Killing Of Ambassador, Staff In LibyaNPR Renee Montagne speaks with NPR's Michele Kelemen about the news that U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three American members of his staff were killed in attacks in Benghazi, Libya. ...

The British newspaper, The Daily Mail and The Review both ran stories about the filmmaker.

'Islam is a cancer - period': Filmmaker goes into hiding ... - Daily Mail
'Islam is a cancer - period': What maker of 'blasphemous' internet film which accused Mohammed of being a fraud and a paedophile led to the death of US ambassador said in wake of violent protests.

But yesterday the film sparked violent attacks against U.S. diplomatic compounds in Libya and Egypt yesterday, killing five American citizens, including ...

Anti-Islam filmmaker in hiding after protests - The Review
An Israeli filmmaker based in California went into hiding after his movie attacking Islam's prophet Muhammad sparked angry assaults by ultra-conservative Muslims on US missions in Egypt and Libya, where the US ambassador was killed, along with three American members of his staff.

Initially, Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton only reported that "one of our State Department officers was killed," later releasing Christopher Stevens' name and reporting the deaths of three other U.S. personnel.

Secretary Clinton said:
Islamic Radicals Kill US Ambassador to Libya

"I condemn in the strongest terms the attack on our mission in Benghazi today. As we work to secure our personnel and facilities, we have confirmed that one of our State Department officers was killed. We are heartbroken by this terrible loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and those who have suffered in this attack.

This evening, I called Libyan President Magariaf to coordinate additional support to protect Americans in Libya. President Magariaf expressed his condemnation and condolences and pledged his government's full cooperation.

Some have sought to justify this vicious behavior as a response to inflammatory material posted on the Internet. The United States deplores any intentional effort to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. Our commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation. But let me be clear: There is never any justification for violent acts of this kind.

In light of the events of today, the United States government is working with partner countries around the world to protect our personnel, our missions, and American citizens worldwide."

  Please leave a comment here     If it does not display within 10 seconds, please refresh the page

Related Benghazi News

Libya's new prime minister Ali Zeidan presented a new coalition cabinet to form his transitional government to the national congress.
The Benghazi attack and subsequent murder of four Americans including the ambassador, Christopher Stevens, gets more complicated and sinister by the day.
No greater error occurred in the Benghazi attack last September 11th than the actual 'response' that was marred by the unbelievable inability to properly process and report intelligence information.
Will the White House release unclassified versions of the PDB's and Daily Threat Briefs for the three weeks preceding the Benghazi attacks
She says on 9/11, the attack that was just overwhelming, buth they couldn't find Ambassador Stevens, and they were trying desperately to figure out what had happened to him and to Sean Smith and the others who were there.
Both Isakson and GOP committee member, Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker, are demanding the release of the final cables of slain U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens as well as answers from the State Department about the Sept. 11 attacks.

 

NewsBlaze Writers Of The Month


Popular Stories This Month

newsletter logo

landing page ad

NewsBlaze
Copyright © 2004-2014 NewsBlaze Pty. Ltd.
Use of this website is subject to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy  | DMCA Notice               Press Room   |    Visit NewsBlaze Mobile Site