The United States says it has captured the suspected ringleader of the 2012 raid on a US diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya.
According to the Pentagon, US special forces snatched Ahmed Abu Khattala
on Sunday in a secret mission.
It is not clear if the Libyan government was informed before the operation took place.
Pentagon spokesman US Navy Rear Admiral John Kirby:
“No US personnel or civilians were injured in this operation which was carried out in close coordination with law enforcement personnel. The United States has taken Khattala to a secure location outside Libya. He will be brought to the United States to stand trial in a court of law.”
Four people were killed in the Benghazi attack including US Ambassador Chris Stevens – something which President Barack Obama reminded an audience on Tuesday in Pittsburgh:
“We continue to think about and pray for the families of those who were killed during that terrible attack, but more importantly it is important for us to send a message to the world, that when Americans are attacked, no matter how long it takes, we will find those responsible and we will bring them to justice.”
The political fallout from the storming of the US consulate has dogged the heels of the then US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton. An investigation criticised her for among other things, allowing inadequate security at the embassy.