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4 Americans including ambassador killed in Libya attack

Published on Sep 13, 2012 6:13 AM

BENGHAZI (AFP) - Washington's envoy to Libya and three other Americans were killed when a mob angered over a movie mocking Islam stormed the United States (US) consulate in Benghazi, sparking world outrage and drawing an apology from Libyan authorities on Wednesday.

President Barack Obama quickly ordered increased security at US diplomatic missions around the world, while slamming Tuesday's deadly assault in Benghazi, an Islamist stronghold in eastern Libya, that coincided with the anniversary of the September 11 attacks in the United States.

"I strongly condemn the outrageous attack on our diplomatic facility in Benghazi, which took the lives of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens," Mr Obama said in a White House statement.

"I have directed my administration to provide all necessary resources to support the security of our personnel in Libya, and to increase security at our diplomatic posts around the globe," he added.

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