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September 12th, 2012
08:53 AM ET

U.S. ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens killed in Benghazi

An online film considered offensive to Islam has sparked mass protests in Egypt and Libya. On Monday, Secretary Of State Hillary Clinton confirmed that a state department officer at the U.S. consulate was United States ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens. Later reports to CNN say the officer killed was United States ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens. An eyewitness says it began with a radical Islamist group arriving to protest a web video that they call Anti-Muslim.

In Egypt, protesters tore down the U.S. embassy's flag after an all-day protest in Cairo. The fundamentalist protesters outside of the embassy walls under watch from Egyptian security forces are also saying the web video is their reason for protesting. CNN sources say it was unclear whether the two attacks were coordinated.

The film which has been featured on U.S. websites, including YouTube contain scenes where filmmakers depict Prophet Mohammed as a child molester, womanizer and ruthless killer. Egyptian groups and other communities in the Muslim world have flagged the movie whose filmmakers are still unknown.

Embassy officials in Egypt have issued a warning to Americans in their country to avoid the demonstrations while Sect. Clinton and U.S. Government forces are working to protect American citizens worldwide.

American-Egyptian Journalist Mona Eltahawy says, “What happened in Libya is absolutely outrageous and I’m hearing from many Libyans who are saddened by the death of the U.S. ambassador and the embassy staff. They’re saying this is not what our resolution is about.” Eltahawy adds, “In fact this is worse because it’s an insult to the revolution and an insult to the very prophet of Islam who people extensively are trying to defend here.”

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