Video: Libyans Tried to Rescue U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens

| by Michael Allen

A group of Libyans pulled U.S. ambassador Christopher Stevens out from the wreckage of the
Sept. 11 embassy attack, which killed him and three of his staff, reports CNN (video below).

Freelance videographer Fahed al-Bakush told CNN: “I was filming the video, and I thought it was an American. But I thought it was a driver, or a security guard. “I never thought it was the ambassador.”

A group of men can be seen pulling an unconscious Stevens out of the building. Al-Bakush said the man had a faint pulse and his mouth was black from inhaling soot.

After discovering him, the men chanted “Alive! Alive! God is Great!”

Ahmed Shams, a freelance photographer, corroborated al-Bakush's account to the Associated Press, saying the men carried Stevens to a car and drove him to a nearby hospital: “There was no security, no ambulances, nothing to help."

Dr. Zaid Abu Zeid told CNN that he didn’t know the man brought to him was the U.S. ambassador. Abu Zeid said he tried to revive him for 45 minutes, but could not.

A spokesperson for the U.S. State Department, Victoria Nuland, did not confirm the man shown in the video was Stevens: “This video … is going to be part and parcel of this investigation. But I’m not in a position to confirm what, who, where and whether it has any value.”