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Benghazi Attack Suspect in U.S. Custody

Created: 06/17/2014 11:31 AM KAALtv.com

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Libyan militant who is suspected in the Benghazi attack is now in U.S. custody. That announcement from the Pentagon marks the first time the U.S. has apprehended one of the people who allegedly carried out that attack -- which killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.
    
The Pentagon says the U.S. military, in cooperation with law enforcement personnel, captured Ahmed Abu Khattala on Sunday. Officials say there were no civilian casualties related to the operation, and that all of the Americans involved have safely left Libya.
    
Abu Khattala is currently being held in an undisclosed location. He is a senior leader of the Benghazi branch of the terror group Ansar al-Sharia.
    
Last year, the U.S. filed charges against Khattala and a number of others in a sealed complaint filed in federal court in Washington.
    
The Obama administration has come under intense criticism from Republicans for failing to apprehend those responsible for the attack.
    
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FILE - This Sept. 12, 2012 file photo shows glass, debris and overturned furniture are strewn inside a room in the gutted U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, after an attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.
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