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White House calls on Libya to investigate killing of American teacher

Thursday, Dec 05, 2013 - 00:43

Dec. 5 - White House spokesman Jay Carney says little is known about the death and calls on Libya to find answers. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) White House press secretary Jay Carney says the Libyan government has the responsibility to investigate the killing of an American teacher who was working at an international school in Benghazi. Ronald Thomas Smith II was shot to death Thursday while jogging in the same city where militants killed U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and three other Americans in September 2012. Carney offered condolences to Smith's family and called on the Libyan government to fully investigate the attack. He says no one has claimed responsibility for the killing. "The president was briefed on it during his morning briefing. And all I can say right now is I can confirm that a U.S. citizen was shot and killed in Benghazi, Libya. We offer our condolences to the victim's family. The State Department is in contact with the family and is providing consular assistance. We are -- we are following events closely and at this point, no individual our group has claimed responsibility. We look to the Libyan government to thoroughly investigate this killing. Out of respect for the privacy of the family, we have no further comment at this time," Carney said.

White House calls on Libya to investigate killing of American teacher

Thursday, Dec 05, 2013 - 00:43

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