The interior ministry said that , J. Christopher Stevens, and three officials were killed when angry crowds attacked the US consulate in Benghazi in protest over a film deemed offensive to the Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) which was produced by extremist Copts resident in the US.
“The ambassador was killed along with three other officials,” said Wanis al-Sharif, the deputy minister of the interior.
The deputy Prime Minister Mustafa Abu Shagur also confirmed that Stevens was killed during Tuesday attack in a tweet.
Earlier on Tuesday, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that the US was heartbroken as she confirmed the death of a State Department official during the attack on the consulate.
“We are heartbroken by this terrible loss,” Clinton said in a statement, adding that Washington was working with countries around the world to protect its missions after twin attacks in Libya and the Egyptian capital of Cairo.