The U.S. Ambassador to Libya was killed Tuesday along with three others in a rocket attack on the U.S. Consulate in the city of Benghazi, President Obama said Wednesday.
According to CNN, J. Christopher Stevens, U.S. Ambassador to Libya, was killed as an”angry crowd” marched on the consulate in response to an online film that people found offensive to Islam, said Libya’s Deputy Interior Minister Wanis al-Sharif. The U.S. mission in Egypt was also attacked Tuesday in response to the film.
The other three victims were American staff security.
Obama said in a statement, “I strongly condemn the outrageous attack on our diplomatic facility in Benghazi, which took the lives of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.”
According to CNN, the bodies of the four Americans are now at Benghazi airport.
Libya’s governing party condemned the attack as a “criminal and cowardly act” and vowed to “track down the perpetrators and to maintain the country’s security and the safety and security of its guests,” Libya’s official LANA news agency reported, according to CNN.