The Straits Times
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Published on Sep 18, 2012
 

Video shows Libyans helping rescue US ambassador after attack

 
 

(REUTERS) - An amateur video appears to show Libyans trying to rescue United States (US) ambassador Christopher Stevens from a room filled with smoke at the US mission where he was found unconscious after last week's attack by a mob protesting against a film that denigrates the Prophet Mohammad.

The video, which appeared on the internet and a copy of which was obtained by Reuters in Benghazi, confirms reports that suggested the US envoy died of asphyxiation after the building caught fire.

The footage also sheds new light on the circumstances of the ambassador's death, apparently showing for the first time that some of the people who forced their way into the US compound later tried to rescue Mr Stevens after they found him lying alone, with no security detail, in one of the rooms in the building.

The video shows a group of young men who had earlier stormed the compound telling other protesters by the light of torches and mobile phones that they had found someone who appeared to be a foreigner lying on the floor.