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.


Khattala 'supervised action at Benghazi scene'

02 July 2014, 14:32

Washington - The Libyan militant now in US custody expressed concern and opposition to the presence of an American compound in Benghazi in the days before the 2012 attacks there, the government said on Tuesday in a court filing.

Ahmed Abu Khattala was motivated to participate in the violence by his extremist ideology, according to a filing by the US Attorney's Office.

On Wednesday, Khattala is to appear at a detention hearing before a magistrate judge in US District Court.

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.

In court papers, prosecutors explained why Khattala should remain in detention.

Terrorist organisation

After US personnel evacuated the US diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Khattala entered the compound and "supervised the exploitation from material at the scene," the government said.

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 US compound's annex, according to the court papers.

The state department has designated Ansar al-Shariah as a foreign terrorist organisation. The Islamic extremist militia holds anti-Western views and advocates the establishment of Shariah law in Libya.

Khattala 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 court papers said.

Khattala's expected trial will take place alongside ongoing congressional and Justice Department investigations into the attack and the Obama administration's response to it shortly before the 2012 presidential election.

- AP


Read News24’s Comments Policy

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

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Wilson Ochieng
DP Ruto accuses Raila of selling ...

DP Wiliam Ruto has castigated Raila Odinga for seeking western support to fund his 2017 election bid. Read more...

Submitted by
William Korir
Peter Kenneth announces Uhuru 201...

Peter Kenneth has announced that he will support President Uhuru Kenyatta in the 2017 elections. Read more...

Submitted by
Wilon Ochieng
Labour Party to dump both Jubilee...

The Labour Party of Kenya is likely to avoid supportoing both the CORD and Jubilee factions during the 2017 General Elections. Read more...

Submitted by
William Korir
Ukambani MP quits Jubilee, to run...

An Ukambani MP has quit the Jubilee Party, citing voter apathy as his reason behind leaving the ruling coalition. Read more...

Submitted by
Victor Tinto
Government launches probe into Po...

The government has launched an inquiry into the circumstances that could have led to two National Police Service helicopter accidents in August and September this year. Read more...

Submitted by
Wilwon Ochieng
Deputy Governor's ally found with...

The EACC has recovered KES 2 million in fake currency from a close ally of Deputy Governor for Tharaka Nithi Eliud Mati. Read more...