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Suspected Benghazi attack ringleader captured by US

The United States has captured one of the suspected ringleaders of the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans including the US ambassador, the Pentagon said.

The suspect was captured on Sunday and is now in US custody outside of Libya, Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby said in a statement.

Officials told The Washington Post Ahmed Abu Khattala was captured by American troops and is "en route" to the US. No American soldiers were injured in the operation, the newspaper claimed.

The diplomatic compound in Benghazi was attacked in 2012 and left US Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens dead.