Benghazi Terrorist Attack Suspect Turns Up Dead

| by Amanda Schallert

A suspect in the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, which took several American lives, was recently found dead, according to CNN.

Libyan authorities had allegedly detained Faraj al-Shibli in 2013 for being a suspect in the attack, which targeted a U.S. diplomatic compound and resulted in the death of J. Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya, according to the Daily Mail. CNN has also reported that al-Shibli was in contact with al Qaeda leaders.

The network reported that it learned about al-Shibli’s death from an unnamed Libyan source and “locals in the town of Marj.” Some other news outlets, such as the Washington Post, have not been able to confirm the news.

After the 2012 attack, reports indicated that more than 150 men with guns had attacked the U.S. diplomatic compound, and the event caused significant controversy in the U.S., where many Republican officials accused the Obama administration and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of not providing enough security for the Americans targeted. Shibli was the most recognized of the suspects in the terrorist attack.

Another suspect, Ahmed Abu Khattala, is currently set to go to trial in Washington and faces several criminal charges.

Source: Daily Mail, CNN, Washington Post, Image Credit: Daily Mail