Sec. of State Clinton addresses nation after Libya attack kills 4

Sec. of State Clinton addresses nation after Libya attack kills 4

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A vehicle and surrounding buildings smolder after they were set on fire inside the US consulate compound in Benghazi late on September 11, 2012. An armed mob protesting over a film they said offended Islam, attacked the US consulate in Benghazi and set fire to the building, killing one American, witnesses and officials said. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/GettyImages)

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by Associated Press

WHAS11.com

Posted on September 12, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 12 at 10:53 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans who were killed in an attack on a U.S. consulate last night had been "committed to helping the Libyan people reach for a better future."

Ambassador Chris Stevens was a career diplomat who was confirmed as ambassador to Libya by the Senate earlier this year. He had already served two tours in Libya, and had run the office in Benghazi during the revolt against Moammar Gadhafi.

Clinton said Stevens had a "passion for service, for diplomacy and for the Libyan people," and he was dedicated to "advancing closer ties with the people of the Middle East and North Africa."

The secretary of state said Stevens "risked his own life to lend the Libyan people a helping hand to build the foundation for a new, free nation"

Clinton said the deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in eastern Libya should "shock the conscience of people of all faiths around the world."

She said the assault that killed the U.S. ambassador and three American members of his staff was committed by a "small and savage group" of militants, not by the people or government of Libya and there was no justification for the attack.
 

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