Obama condemns outrageous attack on US consulate in Benghazi
Washington: President Barack Obama today condemned as “outrageous” the attack on its consulate in Benghazi that killed the American Ambassador and three other US nationals, vowing to bring to justice those responsible for this “terrible act”.
“We will not waver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act. And make no mistake, justice will be done,” Obama said in a statement at Rose Garden of the White House, with the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, standing by his side.
The US Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, along with three other Americans were killed when a violent mob of militiamen stormed the US Consulate in Benghazi protesting against a US-made movie which is deemed offensive to Islam.
Obama was notified last night that Stevens was unaccounted for and then notified again this morning about his tragic death, a White House official said, adding that the President has been updated several times on the attack on the US Embassy in Cairo, Egypt and its diplomatic mission in Benghazi.
“The United States condemns in the strongest terms this outrageous and shocking attack. We’re working with the government of Libya to secure our diplomats,” Obama said.
Noting that the US has been a nation that respects all faiths, Obama said the US reject all efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others.
“But there is absolutely no justification for this type of senseless violence. None. The world must stand together to unequivocally reject these brutal acts,” he said.
“Already many Libyans have joined us in doing so, and this attack will not break the bonds between the United States and
Libya. Libyan security personnel fought back against the attackers alongside Americans,” he said.
“Libyans helped some of our diplomats find safety, and they carried Ambassador Stevens’ body to the hospital, where we tragically learned that he had died,” Obama said.
“Today we mourn for more Americans who represent the very best of the United States of America. We will not waver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act. And make no mistake, justice will be done,” Obama said.