Timeline of Attack in Libya
- Duration 2:08
- Date Sep 13, 2012
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Good morning -- Morning -- officials here say the attack and been Ghazi was complex.
And well planned and not just the protest that spiraled out of control as Libyan authorities first portrayed it now the consulate there is essentially a collection of houses with an annex a short distance away.
Ambassador -- strong Smith and a security officer were the only people in the main building when the attack began.
With rifles and rocket propelled grenades about 10 o'clock Tuesday night.
A protest of an anti Islam film had been going on outside the compound for a couple of hours.
The attack however didn't grow a lot of the of the protest officials think they say Stephen Smith on the security officer became separated when the main building was set on fire they were trying to escape.
The smoke and flames.
The officer made it to safety.
Came back a short while later found Smith dead but couldn't find ambassador Stephens at some point.
Other Libyans found Stephens apparently outside the complex and took him to a hospital but no one knew who we was.
A doctor says he worked for an hour and a half trying to revive Stephens.
His body brought to US officials at the airport -- been Ghazi.
At -- the following day -- them.
Tragic they didn't know that it was him or that that body had been found until the next morning.
What about the other two deaths went off.
Well the gun battle overall officials say lasted about four hours.
After burning the main embassy building the two dozen or so embassy staffers and security officers.
Were pushed from the other buildings to the embassy annex before.
Libyan security officers and members of -- a local militia actually helped stop the attack it was during.
The second stage of the fighting that two other Americans were killed but their families that haven't been notified and officials -- yet to release their names.
Meanwhile -- -- -- consulate has.
For all intents and purposes been abandoned for now the American staffers including three injured in the attack.
Evacuated to Ramstein Air Base in Germany for treatment of security there's been no decision about when -- returner frankly where there -- -- to mark them.