Yemeni protesters storm US embassy: AFP
Sanaa: Yemeni protesters, angry over a film deemed as offensive to Islam, today stormed the complex of the US embassy in Sanaa, defying efforts by riot police to hold them at bay, an AFP correspondent said.
“The mission annex then came under fire itself at around 6 o’clock in the evening our time, and that continued for about two hours. It was during that time that two additional US personnel were killed and two more were wounded during that
ongoing attack,” the officials said.
It was about 8:30 p.m. local time in Washington, which is about 2 O’clock in the morning in Libya, Libyan security forces were able to assist US in regaining control of the situation.
“At some point in all of this � and frankly, we do not know when � we believe that Ambassador Stevens got out of the
building and was taken to a hospital in Benghazi. We do not have any information what his condition was at that time. His
body was later returned to US personnel at the Benghazi airport,” they said.
Responding to questions, a senior administration official said security personnel attached to envoy were endeavoring to
get him out of the building when they got separated by the incredibly thick smoke and fire and that they then turned right back around, got more help, and went back in to look for him. “So this was really a heroic effort,” she said.
The official said the US at this point of time is not clear on the circumstances between the time that he got separated from the rest of the group inside the burning building, to the time that US was notified that he was in a Benghazi hospital.
“And again, we were not able to see him until his body was returned to us at the airport. You can imagine that we will not be able to say anything about the cause of death until we’ve had a chance to perform an autopsy,” the official said.
Meanwhile, prominent American Muslim groups have strongly condemned the “disgraceful” killings of US envoy in Libya and said that extremists must not be allowed to control the political and religious discourse worldwide.
“We condemn the disgraceful killings of the American diplomats in Libya in the strongest terms possible. We also condemn the attack on our nation’s diplomatic facilities in Libya and Egypt. The actions of the attackers are totally inexcusable and un-Islamic,” said the Council on American- Islamic Relations national executive director Nihad Awad.
Unequivocally condemning the killing of Stevens and his staff, the Islamic Society of North America president Imam Magid joined by senior religious leaders and Libyan Ambassador Ali Suleiman Aujali, at a news conference mourned the loss of
American lives in the incident.
“No one should fall into the trap of those who wish to incite anger,” Magid said.”We condemn these attacks unequivocally and mourn the tragic deaths of our diplomats in Benghazi. We pray to the Almighty God to grant the families of the victims solace,comfort and strength,” said Imam Abdul Malik Mujahid, founder of Muslim Peace Coalition USA.
In a statement, UNITED SIKHS also strongly condemned the attacks on the American Consulates in Libya and Egypt.
“UNITED SIKHS team expresses its condemnation for such acts of violence and stands with the families in grief,” said Harpreet Singh, its legislative policy director.