Libya official says Gaddafi loyalists killed U.S. diplomats

DUBAI Wed Sep 12, 2012 6:48am EDT

Related Topics

DUBAI (Reuters) - A senior Libyan official accused supporters of the late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi of carrying out an attack that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans in Benghazi.

Deputy Interior Minister Wanis al-Sharif told a news conference in Benghazi that the attackers had used rocket-propelled grenades.

"There were RPGs...which shows there were forces exploiting this. They are remnants of the (former) regime," he said. The news conference was broadcast on Al Jazeera television.

He suggested that the attackers could have been acting in revenge for the extradition from Mauritania this month of Gaddafi's former intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senoussi.

Gaddafi was ousted by rebel forces backed by NATO air power in August 2011 and was killed in October after months as a fugitive.

(Writing by Andrew Hammond; Editing by Angus MacSwan)

FILED UNDER:
We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can flag it to our editors by using the report abuse links. Views expressed in the comments do not represent those of Reuters. For more information on our comment policy, see http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/2010/09/27/toward-a-more-thoughtful-conversation-on-stories/
Comments (5)
markcwells wrote:
Bull.

Sep 12, 2012 7:18am EDT  --  Report as abuse
markcwells wrote:
Bull.

Sep 12, 2012 7:18am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Renox wrote:
Can you please try to published articles which follow journalistic guidelines, verifiable witness statements and fact checking as opposed to “accusations, thoughts, wishful thinking or hopes?

Sep 12, 2012 7:55am EDT  --  Report as abuse
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

Full focus