Tripoli, Sep 12 (Prensa Latina) The U.S. ambassador in Libya died in the attack of indigants last night against his country's consulate in the northeastern city of Benghazi, according to an official report circulated here on Wednesday.
Besides the head of the U.S. mission, Christopher Stevens, three other diplomats of that delegation, who have not been identified, were killed when protesters angered by the release of a film they consider insulting to the Prophet Muhammad attacked with rocket-propelled grenades the consulate in Benghazi, penetrated and burned down the headquarters, according to testimonies.
Until this morning the official versions of both the United States and the host country, talked about one dead, whose identity was not revealed, and some people wounded in the attack on the embassy.
On Tuesday, protesters angered over a film that ridiculed Islam's Prophet Muhammad fired gunshots and burned down the US consulate in Benghazi. In Egypt, protesters scaled the walls of the US embassy in Cairo, and tore and replaced the American flag with an Islamic banner.
The protest in Benghazi was out of bed when police fired into the air to disperse the protesters, who believed themselves attacked and responded to the fire by shooting grenades, according to informants.
Early this morning, the current Libyan authorities said they had restored calm in the area, but the extreme tension is tangible, and is added to the climate of insecurity prevailing in Benghazi, where there have been several bombings attacks.
The trigger for the violence is the film Mohammed's Test produced and directed by US Coptic Christians, whose argument is considered insulting, moreover, that the Islamic religion forbids the representing and worshiping of images for considering them idolatrous .
Islam, along with Christianity and Judaism, is one of the major monotheistic faiths.
Source: Prensa Latina