A group of religious extremist protesters stormed the U.S. consulate in the eastern Libya city of Benghazi on Tuesday night. In the process, the protestors killed Chris Stevens the U.S Ambassador to Libya and three other American diplomats.
Officials from Libya spent Tuesday night looking for those responsible for murdering the four Americans. President Barack Obama said he condemned the killings and that authorities from the U.S. would be working with members of the Libyan government to bring the killers to justice. The president said there was no doubt that justice would be served, but did not elaborate on how.
The extremists were at the consulate protesting over a movie that was just released that is anti-Islamic and ridicules Muhammad. The movie was produced and directed by an Israeli-American living in California.
The exact circumstances surrounding Ambassador Stevens’ death were not completely clear. Two officials from Libya gave conflicting reports of what happened. One said the convoy the ambassador was in was hit when the protestors fired a rocket propelled grenade. The other official said the ambassador and the other three diplomats died from smoke inhalation.
The U.S. announced it would increase its security in all of its diplomatic facilities worldwide. The details surrounding the deaths were not commented on by officials from the U.S. nor did they say why such a large entourage of diplomats had been in Benghazi. As of yet, no one has said if the bodies of the four have been recovered.
Stevens was 52 and from California. He had spent two previous tours in Libya and worked previously in U.S. embassies in Damascus, Cairo and Jerusalem.