U.S. Ambassador Killed in Libya During U.S. Consulate Attack

Christopher Stevens was killed after Libyan militants stormed the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.
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This is an ABC news special report. Good morning I'm George Stephanopoulos we are coming on the air because we have just learned that the US ambassador to Libya has been killed it happen overnight. When angry militants stormed the US consulate in Ben Ghazi Libya they fired shots at the building on fire. Almost a dozen Americans were inside being guarded by Libyan security. At least one other American died most likely of smoke inhalation and it appears the attack was inspired by an anti Muslim film produced by an American Israeli filmmaker living California. That film also sparked protests and attacks on the US embassy in Cairo -- the right away ABC's Martha Raddatz in Washington Martha this is the first US ambassador. Killed on duty in the attack since 1979. It is indeed Georgian it's terribly terribly horrific for the State Department and everybody who knows ambassador Chris -- he is a beloved member. Of the State Department diplomatic corps he -- Libya was passionate about Libya has been there since. The revolution and just started as ambassador this past may this has been breaking overnight. The State Department did say yesterday Hillary Clinton did confirm that a State Department employee. Was killed she was not talking about the ambassador he was missing for hours. It is apparently from an attack on a car by a mortar he was apparently trying to get out of that consulate in -- -- but did not make it. And Martha we also seen those protests against the US embassy in Cairo -- spark. By this film in a sense of Muslims and anti Muslim film pretty obscure only shown once in -- Hollywood. Theater but it got out on YouTube and -- inflamed. Militants around the world. It's certainly has in the US is very fearful this will continue they consider this an -- -- Dangerous situation they are watching all embassies in the area. They have gotten out all employees from -- -- sending them to Tripoli. But all embassies are clearly on alert because of this namely a sense how this was seen a few minutes on June we'll be right. Assistant special report from --

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