September 11th, 2012
07:45 PM ET

Official: Libya reports U.S. consulate employee killed during protests

The Libyan government has notified the United States that an employee at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was killed Tuesday, a State Department official told CNN.

The State Department does not have independent confirmation of the death, the official said. The nationality of the worker was not immediately clear.

Earlier Tuesday, a group of militants attacked the consulate, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said.

"We are working with the Libyans now to secure the compound," Nuland said. "We condemn in strongest terms this attack on our diplomatic mission."

Members of a radical Islamist group had been protesting at the consulate, a freelance journalist working for CNN in Benghazi said.

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  1. raven

    Yes, God (or Allah) bless Muslims, may he bless Buddhists, Hindus, Jews, Christians and people of every and all faiths. Amen.

    September 12, 2012 at 12:11 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Matt

    Need to keep a better handle on the CPP Nicole out the window in NY, now this. Is the CIA station Chief dead does he get a star or is it official cover state department employee.

    September 13, 2012 at 7:04 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Matt

    I remember VP Bush saying there would be justice after 1983 Beirut, Imad got his in 2008 and not by the US, private contractors. Don't get draw in there Barry. Another Afghanistan is Libya. Be careful with the drones, the central government which you both just swapped spit in the shower is shaky. Why no Marines in the first place?

    You going to name the Station Chief or not?, what there is not one there with the ambassador?

    How can this happen well the US was waiting until Qaddafi had entered Benghazi, it was the frog that took matters into his own hands and launched the war. Sarkozy intervention was minutes before Qaddafi forces had entered a built up civilian area making air strikes not possible.

    Even though the US has tried to keep Assad in power, and the FSA are under constraints by late next year the environment will be shaped that the French, UK, Turkey and other regional countries can remove Assad. It will be within their capabilities. That is what the FSA is for, why they suffer.

    Leading from behind to not being needed or relevant at all.

    September 13, 2012 at 7:32 am | Report abuse | Reply
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