Was attack at US Embassy planned?
Officials suspect strike was coordinated to occur on 9/11
- Duration 6:22
- Date Sep 12, 2012
Officials suspect strike was coordinated to occur on 9/11
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Yesterday somebody killed four Americans and wounded three others in an attack on the US consulate in been -- in Libya among the dead.
The US ambassador to Libya Cris Stevens.
And today the head of the House Intelligence Committee came out and told fox -- -- to the intelligence he has received.
This looks like it was a well planned operation.
Targeting our ambassador.
I have no doubt about it it was a coordinated military style commando type raid that had both direct fire and indirect fire.
Nothing like that overseas to this nation since 1979.
Senior US officials now say the attack began at 4 PM eastern time yesterday and within fifteen minutes the gunman had gotten into the building.
We'll have more on all of that and a moment on what happened once they got in there and the details are very interest it.
The White House condemned the violence the president warned the killers will not go unpunished.
Initial reports indicated the attack went down during a protest over a movie by some filmmaker in California that ridicules islam's Prophet Mohammed.
And in fact we saw similar protests at the US embassy in Cairo -- demonstrators climbing the walls and tearing down the American flag you may have seen it yesterday and in fact.
Right now we're seeing live images of another.
Outside the embassy in Cairo these are live pictures coming to us as they have gathered outside not the embassy in been Gaza.
This is the embassy in Cairo Egypt are tensions inflamed.
There is no question.
How does this end.
There's no way to know.
But there are many questions about whether yesterday's protests were a -- A cover for and attacks.
Times to happen on 9/11 on US soil overseas.
An attack perhaps intended to avenge the death of Al qaeda's second in command the top terrorist deputy died in a drone strike in Pakistan way back in June.
That deputy is Libyan.
And I reported here yesterday how the current leader of al-Qaeda the man who took over for Osama bin Laden.
Appeared in -- video urging Libyans to attack Americans in revenge that video came out yesterday on 9/11.
Now members of the Senate Intelligence Committee are calling for investigations into a possible connection.
The coincidence of the timing.
And -- in our investigation into this we obviously need to find out if that is the link or if this was separately play and attack that was merely coincidence.
-- the White House says there are early signs the attack was indeed planned in advance.
But it's too early to know for sure.
Regardless the president announced today he's ordered tighter security at US diplomatic posts all around the world.
The effort protect all of those who stayed in service of our nation.
Those including the like the ambassador Christopher Stephens who yesterday paid for his service with his life.
The fox reports she's correspondent Jonathan Hunt is live in our newsroom in New York where we're gathering breaking details now Jonathan.
There were signs early on that this was a very different event from the protests that happened in Cairo Egypt.
Yes superficially as they unfolded yesterday they may have appeared similar but when you took a closer look there -- very significant difference -- for instance.
That Cairo protest took place in broad daylight a lodge malvo leased it back.
Thousand according to some eyewitnesses.
-- on the embassy desecrating the flag but not appearing to try to breach the embassy building itself.
Just get on top of that won't they won't all apparently as well.
-- now go to Benghazi Libya very different.
And all operation carried out under the dot -- of night by a much smaller group around twenty.
Heavily armed -- militia guns.
And rocket propelled grenades an attack that according to a lot of experts.
Could not have taken place without some significant planning then on top of that -- -- the timing this attack came just hours off to that al-Qaeda or video you'd mention how -- cold.
Full Libyans to carry out attacks against US -- -- In Libya and then there's the simple fact which may be even more significant.
That this was the anniversary.
Of the 9/11.
Attacks it may have been planned.
All along for that specific day -- Jonathan so many different way and conflicting frankly reports about how exactly our ambassador died.
Yeah and the one of the problems here -- is that there is a period of several I was.
-- between the lost time ambassador Stephens was seen by any other stopping that consulate and the time in which his body.
Was returned to US personnel at Ben Ghazi apple now the Associated Press.
Talked to adulthood who claimed to have treated ambassadors Stephens we gonna show you now up picture of him -- when he was apparently Hong Kong just.
In the consulate compounds have -- away if just slightly squeamish.
This is a picture of ambassador Stevens -- putting it up right now now we've shown that to some of our medical -- team here.
They say it is not if you're looking at -- -- it's not inconsistent.
With the Libyan doctors claims that he died from severe smoke inhalation but the same time it's not definitive and you could also clearly see.
A significant looking gash on ambassador -- head that all of what -- other calls all of death.
He died doing -- job.
As -- is hauntingly obvious when you look back now at a State Department produced a video a -- -- his appointment.
As ambassador to Libya look at this.
Costello Monica my name is Chris Stevens and I'm the new US ambassador to the I had the honor to serve as the US envoy to the Libyan opposition during the revolution.
And I was thrilled to watch the Libyan people stand up and demand their right.
I'm excited to return to Libya to continue the great work -- start.
He did of -- go back to Libya and Natalie he is returning home one last time check having given his life.
Trying to create a -- post Qaddafi Libya -- and Jonathan thank you one of what's in this.