U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens was killed yesterday during attacks by Libyan extremists.
Stevens, 52, was gunned down after 20 militants stormed the U.S. consulate in Benghazi Tuesday night. 20 Americans were in the embassy at the time of the attack, protected only by Libyan forces.
“I strongly condemn the outrageous attack on our diplomatic facility in Benghazi, which took the lives of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens,” President Obama said in a statement. “Right now, the American people have the families of those we lost in our thoughts and prayers. They exemplified America’s commitment to freedom, justice, and partnership with nations and people around the globe, and stand in stark contrast to those who callously took their lives.”
The U.S. is now evacuating all Americans from Benghazi who were working with the State Department, and the U.S. is bracing for more attacks in the Middle East.