US Officials Investigating Whether Attacks Planned

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

U.S. officials say the Obama administration is investigating whether the assault on the U.S. consulate in Libya was a planned terrorist strike to mark the anniversary of 9/11, and not a spontaneous mob enraged over an anti-Islamic YouTube video.

President Barack Obama vowed in a Rose Garden address that the U.S. would "work with the Libyan government to bring to justice" to those who killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other American personnel. Intelligence officials said the attack on the Benghazi consulate was too coordinated or professional to be spontaneous, according to a U.S. counter-terrorism official.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the incident publicly.

Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman is ordering flags at state government buildings and other sites to be flown at half-staff Sunday to honor U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans killed in an attack in Libya.


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