June 17, 2014 11:48 am

Suspected ringleader in Benghazi attack in U.S. custody

A picture shows a burnt vehicle and broken furniture inside the US consulate compound in Benghazi on September 13, 2012, following an attack on the building late on September 11 in which the US ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, and three other US nationals were killed.

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WASHINGTON – The Pentagon says a Libyan militant accused in a deadly attack on Americans in Benghazi, Libya, is in U.S. custody.

The capture of Ahmed Abu Khattala marks the first time the U.S has apprehended one of the accused perpetrators in the 2012 attack. Khattala is a senior leader of the Benghazi branch of the terrorist group Ansar al-Sharia.

His capture was first reported by The Washington Post.

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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