U.S. Ambassador to Libya assassinated

U.S. Ambassador to Libya assassinated
Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens (Official Portrait)

POSTED: Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - 6:25am

UPDATED: Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - 1:27pm

The United States ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens, and three other embassy staff members were killed Tuesday in a rocket attack targeting the ambassador's car.

President Obama is condemning the assassination. Libya's Deputy Prime Minister also speaking out calling Stevens "a friend of Libya" and took to twitter to condemn the "barbaric acts...on America, Libya and free people everywhere."

The embassy group was on its way to a safer venue after protesters attacked the U-S consulate in Benghazi and opened fire. The violence was apparently a protest over an amateur online film produced in the U-S that offended millions of Muslims.  The Wall Street Journal reports an Israeli-American made the movie.

President Obama appointed Stevens to the post in May. According to Steven's bio on the official website of the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, Libya: "Ambassador Chris Stevens considers himself fortunate to participate in this incredible period of change and hope for Libya. As the President’s representative, his job is to develop a strong, mutually beneficial relationship between the United States and Libya. Ambassador Stevens was the American representative to the Transitional National Council in Benghazi during the revolution."


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