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Benghazi suspect was planning more attacks on Americans

Published on Jun 18, 2014 1:54 PM
 

UNITED NATIONS (REUTERS) - The United States told the United Nations Security Council that a suspected ringleader of the deadly 2012 attack on its diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya had been planning to target more Americans and that justified his capture.

In a letter obtained by Reuters on Wednesday, US Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, notified the council of the capture on Sunday of Ahmed Abu Khatallah by US special forces in Libya after an investigation identified him as a key figure in the 2012 attack that killed four Americans.

"The investigation also determined that he continued to plan further armed attacks against US persons," Ms Power wrote in the letter dated Tuesday.

"The measures we have taken to capture Abu Khatallah in Libya were therefore necessary to prevent such armed attacks, and were taken in accordance with the United States' inherent right of self-defence," she wrote.

Damage at the US Consulate in Benghazi is seen during a protest by an armed group said to have been protesting a film being produced in the United States in this Sept 11, 2012 file photo. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
 
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