VIDEO: US Ambassador Killed in Libya Over Video Mocking Muhammad
Libyan officials say the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans have been killed in an attack on the U.S. consulate in the eastern city of Benghazi by protesters angry over a film that ridiculed Islam's Prophet Muhammad.
The officials say Ambassador Chris Stevens was killed Tuesday night when he and a group of embassy employees went to the consulate to try to evacuate staff. The protesters were firing gunshots and rocket propelled grenades.
All of the officials, three in all, hold senior security positions in Benghazi.
They are deputy interior minister for eastern Libya Wanis al-Sharaf; Benghazi security chief Abdel-Basit Haroun; and Benghazi city council and security official Ahmed Bousinia.
The attack seems to stem from the words and actions of Pastor Terry Jones of Florida, probably best known for threatening to burn copies of the Koran. Tuesday, he released a video promoting a film that mocked the Prophet Muhammed.
A demonstration was also held in Cairo on Tuesday, in which protesters attacked the US embassy and tore down the US flag, which was flying at half mast to mark the 9/11 attacks.
(w files from the Associated Press)