Washington announces capture of top 2012 Benghazi attack suspect

Published June 17th, 2014 - 05:36 GMT
Four people, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya, were killed in the 2012 attack (File Archive)
Four people, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya, were killed in the 2012 attack (File Archive)

Washington announced Tuesday that the U.S. has captured the primary suspect of the 2012 attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi that left the ambassador and three others dead, according to Reuters.

According to Pentagon press secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby, the U.S. military captured Ahmad Abu Khatallah in Libya Sunday. A U.S. official who spoke with Reuters on the condition of anonymity said that Khatallah was now being held on a U.S. ship offshore. The same anonymous official further told Reuters that Khatallah was seized in Benghazi as part of a U.S. special operation forces mission.

The Pentagon announced Tuesday that no civilian casualties occurred during the operation, but declined to answer further questions or provide further details on the casualty count and mission overall.

The 2012 attack has become a partisan issue between Republicans and Democrats in Washington, with the former party using the incident as a gateway to criticize U.S. President Obama's policies and actions towards Al Qaeda. Republicans have also used the Benghazi attack as a key issue to undermine former U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton's platform for her expected run for the country's top leadership position in 2016.


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