Key suspect in the deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi will now face the full weight of the U.S. justice system.
The key suspect in the deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, has been captured by U.S. Special Forces. Ahmed Abu Khattala will now face the full weight of the U.S. justice system. The arrest of Ahmed Abu Khattala, said U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, is a clear reminder to anyone who seeks to harm the United States that they will be brought to justice.
Four Americans were killed on the night of September 11, 2012, when armed assailants attacked the U.S. special mission in Benghazi, Libya. Four American personnel, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, were killed in the violence. It was the first time since 1979 that a U.S. ambassador was killed in the line of duty.
The United States, which captured Khattala unilaterally, continues to work through its embassy in Tripoli with Libya’s democratically-elected institutions to advance shared interests, including establishing rule of law and stability throughout the country.
The United States stood by the Libyan people three years ago as they rose up against the tyrant Muammar Gadhafi. The United States continues to support them in their desire to build democratic institutions that will provide them with security, protect their universal rights and help rebuild their economy. In an official statement, U.S. Secretary of State Kerry said the vision of a peaceful and productive new nation will guide Libya’s future, and they have a friend in the United States as they pursue that vision.
“We will remain vigilant against all acts of terrorism,” said President Barack Obama in an official statement. We will also sustain our support for the Libyan people, as they work to overcome years of tyranny and do the difficult work of building a democracy.”