Protesters destroy an American flag pulled down from the U.S. embassy in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Sept. 11.
CAIRO -- Libyan officials say the U.S. ambassador
and three other Americans have been killed in an attack on the U.S.
consulate in the eastern city of Benghazi by protesters angry over a
film that ridiculed Islam's Prophet Muhammad.
officials say Ambassador Chris Stevens was killed Tuesday night when he
and a group of embassy employees went to the consulate to try to
evacuate staff. The protesters were firing gunshots and rocket propelled
All of the officials -- three in all -- hold senior security positions in Benghazi.
are deputy interior minister for eastern Libya Wanis al-Sharaf;
Benghazi security chief Abdel-Basit Haroun; and Benghazi city council
and security official Ahmed Bousinia.