Four Arrested In Connection With U.S. Consulate Attack In Libya
WASHINGTON (CBSDC) - Questions behind the death of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans in Libya will not go unanswered.
Four people were arrested in connection with the deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libyan officials say. The consulate came under heavy fire of guns and rockets when protesters stormed the grounds Tuesday, furious over an anti-Islam movie allegedly made in America. The demonstration sparked protests elsewhere throughout the Middle East, most notably in Egypt outside the U.S. Embassy, where protesters are still assembled days later.
Details have not been released as to the identity of the four people arrested but officials say the arrests were made based off intelligence collected by a combined effort of the United States and Libya.
One Libyan official says the attacks were an organized two-part operation carried out by heavily-armed militants which may have been intentionally timed around 9/11. He says the operation included a precisely-timed raid on what was supposed to be a secret safe house, just as Libyan and U.S. security forces were arriving to rescue the consulate staff, according to a report from WJLA.
According to multiple reports, one or more of the other three victims in the raid may have been Navy Seals.
Reports say intelligence agents are looking into the possibility that the militants involved in the attacks are pro-al-Qaida and a larger group of militants is under surveillance which may have also been involved in the attack.
Authorities have identified the man responsible for the offensive film which sparked protests in Yemen, Afghanistan, Morocco, Egypt and Libya. Authorities say Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, 55, was behind “Innocence of Muslims,” the film which denigrated Islam and the prophet Muhammad as a homosexual pedophile.