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Libya leader says attack unrelated to anti-Islam film

Published on Sep 26, 2012 4:33 PM
 
Mr Mohamed al-Megaryef, President of Libya's ruling national assembly, gives an interview to Agence France-Presse at his residence in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on Sept 15, 2012. Mr al-Megaryef said on Wednesday that the deadly Sept 11 attack on the United States (US) consulate was a pre-planned assault that had "nothing to do with" an anti-Islam online video. -- PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Libyan leader Mohamed al-Megaryef said on Wednesday that the deadly Sept 11 attack on the United States (US) consulate was a pre-planned assault that had "nothing to do with" an anti-Islam online video.

In an interview with NBC News, Mr Megaryef said the attackers fired rocket-propelled grenades and mortar rounds with such accuracy that the attack had to have been planned and carried out by experienced militants.

When asked if the offensive anti-Islam movie - which sparked violent protests across the Muslim world - had anything to do with the assault, Mr Megaryef replied: "Not on this attack."

"Reaction should have been, if it was genuine, should have been six months earlier. So it was postponed until the 11th of September," he said in an interview conducted in English.

 
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