U.S. Evacuates Diplomatic Staff from Libya
The United States is evacuating most of its diplomatic staff from Libya and flying them to Germany, after an attack on its Benghazi consulate that left four dead, U.S. officials confirmed Wednesday.
All diplomatic missions around the world have also been ordered to review their security, a senior U.S. official told journalists. He added that three U.S. diplomatic staff had also been wounded in Tuesday's militant attack.
“We are still operating within the confusion of first reports, many details of what happened in Benghazi are still unknown or unclear,” the official was quoted by AFP as having said.
Initially all American staff from Benghazi, including the wounded and the bodies of the dead, were evacuated back to Tripoli in the hours after the attack on a chartered plane that had to make a couple of return flights.
Those staff “are now in the process of being evacuated to Germany,” the official said, adding the wounded would be treated there and the remains would be flown home.
“In the meantime we have taken our embassy in Tripoli down to emergency staffing levels," the official added, according to AFP.
“Last night all of our diplomatic posts around the world were ordered to review their security posture and to take all necessary steps to enhance it if those were deemed necessary,” the official said.
U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were those killed after Muslim extremists attacked the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi on Tuesday.
The protesters said they were angry over a film they said ridiculed the prophet Mohammed. However, U.S. sources told CNN on Wednesday they do not believe the attack was in reaction to the film, but rather that the film was used as an excuse to carry out a planned attack.