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US security forces arrest suspected ringleader of 2012 Benghazi attack

Published on Jun 17, 2014 11:52 PM

WASHINGTON - In a secret raid in Libya, Special Operations forces of the United States captured one of the suspected ringleaders of the 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, in which the U.S. ambassador was killed.

According to a news report in the Washington Post on Tuesday, Ahmed Abu Khattala was captured over the weekend following months of planning and was now in the "US custody in a secure location outside Libya".

Khattala's apprehension is a major victory for the Obama administration, which has been criticized for having failed so far to bring those responsible for the Benghazi attacks to justice, the Post said.

Last year, charges were filed in the US courts against Khattala and at least a dozen others in connection with the Benghazi attacks. None besides Khattala - who is expected to be arraigned in Washington - has been apprehended. Officials said Khattala was "en route" to the United States, but would not say when he was expected to arrive.

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