Tripoli, 12 September:
Deputy Prime Minister Mustafa Abushagur has said that US ambassador Chris Stevens was killed in yesterday’s attack on . . .[restrict]the US mission in Benghazi.
“I do condemn the cowardly act of attacking the US consulate and the killing of Mr Stevens and the other diplomats”, he has said on Twitter.
Interior minister Fawzi Abdelal has also confirmed the death.
It is reported in Benghazi that the ambassador suffocated from smoke fumes when the building caught fire. Pictures of his body being removed from the mission rea circulating on the internet.
Stevens had gone to Benghazi for a meeting earlier in the day with AGOCO, the oil company.
There are unconfirmed reports that more than one other US diplomat also died in the attack.