Tripoli, 15 September:
No Libyans died in Tuesday’s attack on the US mission in Benghazi, a source in the armed forces in . . .[restrict]the city has told the Libya Herald. Seven Libyans were, however, wounded. They were met yesterday by the president of the General National Congress, Mohamed Magarief. One of the wounded has been named as Abdul Aziz Al-Mijbri.
There have been widespread reports over the past three days that up to ten Libyans died fighting against the militants in the attack late on Tuesday evening and as many as 18 were wounded. No one, however, has named those killed or stated they knew who they were. Attempts to find out have repeatedly drawn a blank.
Exactly where the story started in unclear.
Several Libyan senior figures, however, have repeated the claim, among them Libya’s ambassador to the UN Ibrahim Dabbashi. He was reported stating on Wednesday that up to ten Libyan security staff were killed or wounded in the violence.
Libya’s Grand Mufti, Sheikh Sadeq Al-Ghariani, in his fatwa condemning of the attack and the killings, also stated that Libyan security staff had been killed protecting the mission.
However, in a tweet, Prime Minister-elect, Mustafa Abushagur yesterday stated categorically that “no Libyans died in the attack”. [/restrict]