Obama vows to bring killers of ambassador to justice
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is condemning in the "strongest possible terms" an attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya that killed four Americans, including the American ambassador.
Mr. Obama on Wednesday said the U.S. will work with the Libyan government to bring the perpetrators of the attack to justice. He says "no acts of terror" will shake America's resolve.
The President Obama said the U.S. rejects any efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others, but says there is "absolutely no justification" for violent attacks.
Chris Stevens was killed, Libyan officials say, when he and embassy aides went to the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, which was under attack by protesters angry over a film that ridicules Islam's Prophet Muhammad.
OMr. bama was notified that Stevens was unaccounted for Tuesday night and was told of his death Wednesday morning.
The U.S. consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi is now largely burned out and trashed, in the aftermath of the attack that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, and three other Americans.
Libyans have been wandering freely around the burned-out building, taking photos of rooms where furniture is covered in soot and overturned.
The consulate is a one-story villa in a large garden, located in an upscale neighborhood. The attack was carried out by a crowd of hundreds, many of them firing machine-guns and rocket-propelled grenades.
Stevens and a group of embassy employees had gone there to try to evacuate staff during the attack.
A Libyan doctor who treated Stevens said he died of severe asphyxiation, apparently from smoke. In the chaos surrounding the attack, he was brought by Libyans to a hospital with no other Americans. A doctor there says no one at the facility knew who he was.