Thursday, March 14, 2013

Suspect arrested in connection with Benghazi attack
By Pete Williams, Chief Justice Correspondent, NBC News

A Libyan man has been detained in Libya for questioning in connection with last September's attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi which left four Americans dead, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, a federal official confirmed on Thursday. The official said that while the United States is interested to find out what Faraj al-Shibli (also spelled Chalabi), 46, knows about the attack, it is not clear that he played a central role, or that his capture represents a major breakthrough in the case.

According to Interpol's web site, al-Shibli is wanted by the Libyan authorities for "crimes involving the use of weapons/explosives."

Dozens of heavily armed men stormed the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya’s second largest city, on the night of Sept. 11, 2012. Ambassador Stevens, Information officer Sean Smith and two security personnel — Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods — were killed in the attack and another 10 people were injured. The apparent vulnerability of the U.S. personnel sparked a sharp debate and investigation of gaps in security.

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