Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Govt: Libyan militant motivated by extremism

02 July 2014, 13:25

Washington - The Libyan militant now in US custody over the Benghazi attacks in 2012 was motivated by his extremist ideology, the government said on Tuesday.

In the days before the attacks, Ahmed Abu Khattala expressed concern and opposition to the presence of an American facility in Benghazi, according to a federal court filing.

Khattala is the first person to face prosecution in the 11 September 2012 attack in Benghazi in which four Americans, including the US ambassador to Libya, were killed.

After US personnel evacuated the US diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, Khattala entered the compound and supervised the exploitation of material at the scene, according to the court papers filed by the US Attorney's Office.

Khattala then returned to a camp in Benghazi controlled by Ansar al-Shariah, where a large armed group began assembling for an attack on the compound's annex, according to the court filing. The state department has designated Ansar al-Shariah as a foreign terrorist organization.

Khattala, the court papers said, is a commander of Abu Obaida bin Jarrah Brigade, an extremist group that was absorbed into Ansar al-Shariah after the recent Libyan revolution.

The brigade is an Islamic extremist militia in Libya that holds anti-Western views and advocates the establishment of Shariah law in Libya.

- AP


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
S Mbinya
What To Do If She Has A Boyfriend

Here are tips to help you get a girl who has a boyfriend: Read more...

Submitted by
George Vodongo
Kalonzo blasts DP Ruto for ‘grabb...

11 Kamba MPs declared their allegiance to Jubilee last month. Read more...

Submitted by
George Vodongo
President Uhuru Kenyatta pardons ...

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday released 7,000 petty offenders to create room in the prisons. Read more...

Submitted by
Ben Wangui
Why Mashujaa Day celebrations wer...

Find out why this year's Mashujaa Day celebrations were held in Machakos. Read more...

Submitted by
S Mbinya
Foods that burn belly fat fast

You can take your best foods and snacks and still be able to get rid of that pot belly. Read more...