US ambassador killed in Libyan film protests, trouble erupts in Cairo
Libyan officials say the US ambassador and three other Americans have been killed in an attack on the US consulate in Benghazi by protesters angry over a film that ridiculed Islam's Prophet Muhammad.
The officials say Ambassador Chris Stevens was killed Tuesday night when he and a group of embassy employees went to the consulate to try to evacuate staff. The protesters were firing gunshots and rocket propelled grenades.
All of the officials — three in all — hold senior security positions in Benghazi.
They are deputy interior minister for eastern Libya Wanis Al Sharaf; Benghazi security chief Abdel Basit Haroun; and Benghazi city council and security official Ahmed Bousinia.
In Egypt, protesters scaled the walls of the US embassy in Cairo and replaced an American flag with an Islamic banner.
Muslims find it offensive to depict Muhammad in any manner, let alone insult the prophet. A Danish newspaper's 2005 publication of 12 caricatures of the Prophet triggered riots in many Muslim countries.