Libya Arrests Four Suspects In Consulate Attack

The Libyan Government says it has arrested four people believed to be connected to the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi:

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libyan authorities have made four arrests in the investigation into the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi in which the U.S. ambassador and three embassy staff were killed, the deputy interior minister said on Thursday.

“Four men are in custody and we are interrogating them because they are suspected of helping instigate the events at the U.S. consulate,” Wanis Sharif told Reuters.

He gave no more details.

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Hopefully these are solid leads and we’ll find out exactly what went on here. If it turns out this was a planned attack that can be tied to a group, I would expect retaliation of some kind.

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  1. michael reynolds says:

    The best outcome for us (and for Libya) is if the bad guys are caught or shot by Libyans.

  2. OzarkHillbilly says:

    I wonder if they are the right 4 guys? Sadly, I doubt we will ever know.

  3. Gustopher says:

    Given that these four guys are likely going to be tortured into confessing, I hope they got the right four guys.

  4. From what I heard on NPR, these were the people who organized the protest, but now that we know the attack was likely a preplanned operation that just used the protest as a distraction, it’s quite possible these four guys had nothing to do with the attack.

  5. Tim says:

    Probably just a case of “rounding up the usual suspects.”

    Was one of them named Keyser Soze?