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Obama condemns death of US officials in Libya

Published on Sep 12, 2012 8:18 PM
 
The wreckage of a car sits inside the US Embassy compound on Sept 12, 2012 in Benghazi, Libya, following an overnight attack on the building. -- PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - United States (US) President Barack Obama on Wednesday condemned the killing of four Americans, including the US ambassador, in an attack on his country's consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi.

The US leader paid tribute to Ambassador Chris Stevens and his slain colleagues, who died when a mob of Libyan protesters, angered by reports of a film deemed insulting to Islam, stormed the US compound.

"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.

"Right now, the American people have the families of those we lost in our thoughts and prayers," he said.

 
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