Libyan Attacks A 2-Part Militant Assault
BENGHAZI, Libya — The attack that killed four Americans in Libya, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, was an organized two-part operation by heavily armed militants, according to a senior security advisor, that included a precisely timed raid on a supposedly secret safe house just as Libyan and U.S. security forces were arriving to rescue evacuated consulate staff.
Wanis al-Sharef, eastern Libya’s deputy interior minister, told Associated Press on Thursday the attacks were suspected to have been timed to mark the 9/11 anniversary and that the militants used civilians protesting an anti-Islam film as cover for their action.
He said Ambassador Chris Stevens and another American were killed in the consulate as plainclothes Libyan security were evacuating them to the safe house. The second assault targeted the safe house, killing two Americans and wounding nearly about 30 Libyans and Americans.
The Libyan attacks have been linked to an an anti-Islam film produced by California-based Israeli filmmaker Sam Bacile, heavily promoted by American theologian Terry Jones. No stranger to controversy, Jones inflamed anger in the Muslim world in 2010 with plans to burn the Koran. The Florida pastor’s activism fell on the anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, triggering riots in Afghanistan.
Here is the trailer from the Jones/Bacile film “Innocence of Muslims”: