Tripoli: After an attack on United States (US) embassy in Cairo over insulting film against Islam, violence also sparked in Libya with armed gunmen attacking the US consulate in Benghazi, second largest city of Libya.
According to media reports, armed men attacked the embassy with RPGs and hand grenades, resulting in the killing of one US citizen.
The United States (US) condemned the the killing of US citizen in Benghazi.
According to Libyan Interior Ministry official, armed men stormed the U.S. consulate in Benghazi – once the seat of the Libyan revolution – and set the building ablaze.
Wanis al-Sharef, an interior ministry official in Benghazi, says the attackers stormed the consulate after firing in the air. He says nobody was in the consulate at the time.
But on the contrary, the media reported that the armed gunmen and security forces clashed at the consulate office in Benghazi.
“There are fierce clashes between the Libyan army and an armed militia outside the U.S. consulate,” Abdel-Monen Al-Hurr, spokesman for Libya’s Supreme Security Committee, said, adding that roads had been closed off and security forces were surrounding the building.
A U.S. embassy source said there had been “an attack” on the diplomatic office in Benghazi, but gave no further details.
Earlier, a group of Egyptian protestors on Tuesday scaled the wall at the U.S. embassy in Cairo and raised al-Qaeda type flag on the embassy building.
A U.S. State Department official confirmed the incident and said that a group of protestors scaled the wall of embassy in Cairo and tore down the Stars and Stripes.