Libya US envoy attack may have been 'planned terror strike to mark 9/11 anniversary'

Last Updated: Thu, Sep 13, 2012 06:20 hrs

U.S. authorities are growing suspicious that Tuesday night's attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya, which resulted in the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens, was a planned terrorist strike to mark the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks.

U.S. officials believe the murder of Stevens and three other American officials in Benghazi was not the result of a protest against an anti-Islam film.

According to Fox News, a senior Obama administration official said they are exhaustively investigating every angle of the Benghazi attack, and there are early signs the assault might have been planned.

The official cautioned, though, that the administration has not jumped to any conclusions about what happened, saying it would be "premature" to do so, the report said.

Current and former U.S. lawmakers, and others, however, claimed the attack looked like a coordinated strike.

"This was a well- planned, well-targeted event. No doubt about it," House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers said.

Pete Hoekstra, a former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said the attack appeared to have the markings of an Al Qaeda or Al Qaeda-affiliated strike.

"We've been talking for years about the desire of Al Qaeda, radical jihadists to celebrate the anniversary of 9/11," the report quoted him, as saying.

"All my background, all of the conversations that I've had over the last 18 hours lead many people to believe that this was just more than a mere coincidence," he added. (ANI)

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