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Benghazi attack 'ringleader' arrives in US

People rally in Washington on September 11, 2013, the one year anniversary of the attacks on the U.S. compound in BenghaziThe suspected ringleader of a deadly 2012 attack on the American consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi arrived in the United States on Saturday in the custody of US authorities. Four Americans including US ambassador Christopher Stevens were killed on September 11, 2012 when gunmen stormed the US consulate and set it on fire and a CIA outpost was also targeted, in an attack that shocked Washington and has become a highly charged political issue. “Ahmed Abu Khatallah is in law enforcement custody,” a Department of Justice spokesman said in an email to AFP, declining to give further details. The US State Department has identified Khatallah as a senior leader of Ansar al-Sharia, a Libyan Islamist group it brands a “terrorist” organization responsible for a spate of attacks and assassinations.

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