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4 Suspects Held in Sept. 11 Attack on US Consulate in Which American Ambassador to Libya Died

A Libyan official says four suspects have been arrested concerning a Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi in which the American ambassador to the country and three others died.

“Four men are in custody and we are interrogating them because they are suspected of helping instigate the events at the U.S. consulate,” deputy Libyan interior minister Wanis Sharif told Reuters. He did not provide further details.

Exactly what happened in the Sept. 11 attack is still under investigation. It appears, but is not confirmed, that the U.S. ambassador, J. Christopher Stevens, may have died of smoke inhalation after retreating from the consulate to a safe house at which attackers lobbed grenades, the New York Times reported Wednesday.

The attack followed protests, in Benghazi and a U.S. embassy in Egypt, over a low-budget video reportedly produced in America that is considered insulting to the Prophet Muhammad.

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