The American ambassador to Libya Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other officials of the American Consulate in Libya were killed when a mob attacked the consulate in the eastern city of Benghazi to protest a film deemed offensive to Islam, an official said Wednesday.
According to Wanis al-Sharif, the Libyan deputy minister of the interior, “The ambassador was killed along with three other officials.”
Meanwhile, the killings were also confirmed in a tweet by Mustafa Abu Shagur, the deputy prime minister. In his words, “I condemn these barbaric acts in the strongest possible terms. This is an attack on America, Libya and free people everywhere,” Shagur said in another tweet.
Ambassador Stevens, a career officer with the US Foreign Service, had been in Libya for less than four months after taking up his post in the capital Tripoli in May. The envoy died when the consulate was attacked on Tuesday by an armed mob protesting against the film, which, according to the Wall Street Journal, was made by an Israeli-American who describes Islam as a “cancer” and depicts the Prophet Mohammed sleeping with women.