On Tuesday, angry Islamist extremists attacked the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. It was all because of a film about Muhammad, a film that got the U.S. Ambassador to Libya killed.
Hours later after demonstrators attacked the U.S. consulate in Cairo, angry protesters attacked the consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Protesters became enraged over a film about Muhammad produced in the United States. During the attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya, three U.S. government employees and Ambassador Christopher Stevens were killed.
Christopher Stevens, the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, was about to leave the consulate in Benghazi when gunmen assaulted the building. Security personnel withdrew, while the ambassador and three other governmental employees were killed.
Reuters writes that Ansar al-Sharia is believed to be the group that carried out the attack on the U.S. consulate. A Libyan official said Ansar al-Sharia is like the al Qaeda of the Sunni Islamists and has been active in Benghazi.
The film about Muhammad, depicted the Islamic prophet as a fool and a religious fake. In Cairo, protests against the film reminded of the violent and dramatic protests against Hosni Mubarak. One man explained “most people came out to protest just because they heard that a video insulting the prophet was made in the U.S.”.
It’s a huge challenge for diplomatic relationships between Libya and the West, particularly the United States. Libyan governmental officials already apologized for the attacks and informed there will be an investigation. Prime Minister Abdurrahim Keib referred to the attack that killed the U.S. Ambassador to Libya as a “criminal act” and promised it “will not go unpunished”.
“This is part of a series of cowardice acts by supporters of the former regime who want to undermine Libya’s revolution” said the Prime Minister. President Mohamed Magariaf apologized for the “cowardice and revengeful acts” and explained it was “not a victory for God’s Sharia or his prophet for such disgusting acts to take place”.
Wednesday morning, president Obama reacted to the reports of the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, condemning the “outrageous attack on our diplomatic facility…which took the lives of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens”.
“The brave Americans we lost represent the extraordinary service and sacrifices that our civilians make every day around the globe” the U.S. president added. “As we stand united with their families, let us now redouble our own efforts to carry their work forward” he said.