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US Captures Man Wanted in 2012 Killing of Four Americans in Benghazi

US Captures Man Wanted in 2012 Killing of Four Americans in Benghazi

US forces captured al-Imam just before midnight local time Sunday in Misrata, on Libya's north coast, USA officials said. "Because of this successful operation, al-Imam will face justice in the United States for his alleged role in the September 11 2012, attacks in Benghazi, which resulted in the deaths of Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Glen Doherty, Sean Smith, and Tyrone Woods-four fearless Americans who were serving our country".

ABC reported that the suspect is Mustafa al-Imam.

President Trump said in a statement Monday that although five years have passed since the fatal attack, "our memory is deep and our reach is long".

US forces in Libya captured one of the suspects in the 2012 Benghazi attack that killed four Americans, the White House announced Monday.

Trump expressed gratitude to USA law enforcement, prosecutors, intelligence community and military personnel for their efforts to bring him to justice.

He had lived in the Benghazi district of Laithi where he frequented the same Al-Awza'i mosque as suspected ringleader Ahmed Abu Khatallah who was snatched by USA forces in 2014, the officials said. Earlier this month, another man accused in Benghazi, Ahmed Abu Khattala, went on trial in federal court.

"The murder of four Americans in Benghazi on September 11, 2012, was a barbaric crime that shocked the American people", Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a news release.

The US government has video footage of Al Imam present at one of the two sites of the attacks although it's unclear whether the video shows Al Imam at the consulate or the annex. Ambassador Stevens died from smoke inhalation.

The attackers later fired mortar rounds at a Central Intelligence Agency building, killing two former Navy Seals.

"We will never forget those we lost - Tyrone Woods, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty, and Ambassador Christopher Stevens - four fearless Americans who gave their lives in service to our nation".

"The Department of State family continues to mourn the loss of Ambassador Chris Stevens, Glen Doherty, Sean Smith, and Tyrone Woods, and we will spare no effort to ensure that justice is served for these dedicated Americans and public servants", Tillerson said in a statement.

Nearly immediately after the attacks, Republicans launched a long-lasting, politically charged effort to pin the blame on the Obama administration and then-secretary of State Hillary Clinton.