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US officials: Libyan Benghazi attack leader in custody

The US attorney's office in Washington has said that the Libyan militia leader suspected in the 2012 attack on the American diplomatic mission in Benghazi that killed four Americans is in federal custody.

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Benghazi attack leader 'brought to US in Navy warship'

Libyan Benghazi attack leader Ahmed Abu Khatallah was brought to federal court in Washington from a Navy warship where he has been held since his June 15 capture, according CNN and The New York Times reported.

The Libyan Benghazi attack leader was 'brought to US in Navy warship'. Credit: ITV News

Khatallah was taken aboard the USS New York, an amphibious transport ship, after his seizure by US special operations forces in a raid on the outskirts of Benghazi. He is expected to be prosecuted in the US criminal justice system.

US Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans died in the Sept. 11, 2012, Benghazi attack. Khatallah is charged with killing a person on U.S. property, a firearms violation and providing material support to terrorism.

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