Obama's tribute to embassy victims

President Obama has paid tribute to US envoy to Libya Chris Stevens "as everything America could want in an ambassador" as his body and three of his embassy staff were returned to US soil following the attack on the consulate in Benghazi.

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US Senate 'confident' attackers will be brought to justice

Senator John Kerry and Senator Richard Lugar passed a resolution in the Senate, condemning the attacks in Benghazi. Credit: Reuters

The US Senate passed a resolution last night condemning the attacks on the US Consulate in Libya and said they were confident the perpetrators would be brought to justice.

The resolution, proposed by Senator John Kerry and Richard Lugar, said:

"The deaths of Ambassador Stevens and his team are heartbreaking. The violence in Cairo and Benghazi is unacceptable and unjustifiable.

"The stupidity of one filmmaker, no matter how offensive, is not now, and never, a rationale for violence.

"President Obama has appropriately committed the United States to bringing the perpetrators of this attack to justice, and I am confident that this is precisely what the United States Government will do."


US probing whether consulate attack in Libya was to 'mark 9/11'

The attack on the US consulate came on the same day as 9/11 remembrance ceremonies. Credit: Esam Al-Fetori / Reuters

The US has begun investigating whether the assault on a US consulate in Libya, in which the ambassador and three staff were killed, was a planned terrorist strike to mark 9/11.

Yesterday's assault on the US mission in Benghazi came as America observed a day of remembrance for September 11 victims on the 11th anniversary of the plane attacks in New York and Washington.


UN condemns 'unjustified' assault on US consulate in Libya

The United Nations has strongly condemned the assault that killed the US ambassador to Libya and three embassy staff.

The attack yesterday on the consulate in Benghazi and a safe house refuge was carried out by Islamist gunmen blaming America for a film they said insulted Prophet Mohammad.

The United Nations rejects defamation of religion in all forms. At the same time, nothing justifies the brutal violence which occurred in Benghazi.

– UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Ban said Libyan employees of the US consulate also had been killed but he did not specify how many. Libya's Deputy UN Ambassador Ibrahim Dabbashi said "less than 10 victims" were Libyan security force members.

Cameron condemns 'senseless' attack on US consulate

Prime Minister David Cameron said he has sent a message to President Obama to say the "thoughts of people across Britain are with the families, colleagues and friends of the Americans killed in Benghazi, including Ambassador Chris Stevens."

Mr Cameron added:

This senseless attack ended the lives of people who had worked selflessly alongside Libyans during their darkest days.

We look to the new Libyan authorities to do all in their power, as they have pledged to do, to bring the killers to justice. Britain stands ready to assist Libya and the United States in that task.

Above all, we will honour the memory of these dedicated people by continuing their work to help Libyans build a secure and free country.

Clinton: US Ambassador Stevens 'gave his life' for Libya

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who appointed Chris Stevens as the envoy to the rebel opposition in Libya, said the late ambassador "risked his life to stop a tyrant then gave his life trying to help build a better Libya."

Mr Stevens and three of his embassy staff were killed in a mob attack on the US consulate in Benghazi yesterday that has received international condemnation.

NATO Secretary General 'strongly condemns' Benghazi attack

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has added his voice to the international condemnation of the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

I strongly condemn the attack on the US mission in Benghazi which led to the tragic loss of four Americans, including the Ambassador. Such violence can never be justified.

I offer my deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of those who lost their lives and my thoughts are with those who are injured.

I welcome the Libyan President’s condemnation and condolences and his pledge of his government’s full cooperation. It is important that the new Libya continues to move towards a peaceful, secure and democratic future.

– Anders Fogh Rasmussen
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