Gunmen kill U.S. teacher in Libya's Benghazi

TRIPOLI Thu Dec 5, 2013 8:42am EST

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TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Gunmen shot dead an American chemistry teacher working at an international school in the Libyan city of Benghazi, medical and security sources said on Thursday.

"He was doing his morning exercise when gunmen just shot him. I don't know why. He was so sweet with everyone," said Adel al Mansouri, director at the school in Benghazi.

It was not immediately clear who was responsible for the killing.

Libyan special forces have been battling militants from Ansar al-Sharia in Benghazi. U.S. officials blame the group for attacking the U.S. consulate in the eastern city in September 2012, killing the ambassador and three other Americans.

Security sources said three soldiers were also killed in separate attacks on Thursday in Benghazi.

Two years after a NATO-backed uprising ousted veteran leader Muammar Gaddafi, Libya's armed forces are struggling to contain militias, former fighters and Islamist militants who control parts of the vast oil-producing country.

(Reporting by Ayman al-Warfalli in Benghazi; Feras Bosalum in Tripoli; writing by Patrick Markey; Editing by Mark Trevelyan)

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Comments (18)
Chazz wrote:
“He was doing his morning exercise when gunmen just shot him. I don’t know why.”

They shot him because he was an American…and they can get away with it. Red lines, black lines, blue lines…it doesn’t matter.

Dec 05, 2013 8:50am EST  --  Report as abuse
TheNewWorld wrote:
Did Obama ever bring those Benghazi attackers to justice? Did he even try? Oh I forgot we aren’t allowed to ask any questions about the spontaneous protest that featured RPGs and Mortars on 9-11.

Dec 05, 2013 8:50am EST  --  Report as abuse
Chazz wrote:
@LogicalOne

I’m pretty sure the families of Ambassador Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty, Tyrone Woods and now, this American teacher would absolutely agree with you. In fact, they’d call anyone who though about the loss of their loved ones “morons” as well.

Perhaps if YOU lost someone the same way under similar circumstances you’d think differently…but then, YOU wouldn’t want to slander your benevolent “leader.”

Clearly your bind devotion has made it impossible to conceive that the reason “morons” and “wizards” keep shouting “Benghazi” is because they demand justice for the dead men who cannot demand it for themselves.

Dec 05, 2013 9:44am EST  --  Report as abuse
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