Timeline: Libya attack minute by minute
What happened during deadly attack?
- Duration 4:33
- Date Oct 25, 2012
What happened during deadly attack?
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In Washington and in the hours and days after that attack on the console have been -- there were so many questions and a lot of confusion.
Now we have a much clearer picture of what actually happened when the terrorists assaulted that compound -- set the place on fire.
We've prepared a detailed four minute long report on exactly what happened when.
Here's Greg palca.
Around 10 PM.
The entire safe haven which takes up part of the first floor of the main residence is black with thick smoke and you.
Ambassador Stephen Sean Smith and David who wouldn't move pull back from within the safe area which has a window they try to open.
But it doesn't help.
There's just too much smoke they dropped to the floor trying to get there but even though there they can't bring.
To decide to leave the safe haven and take their chances with the form detectives who have taken over the US can't find.
Fighting heated smoke they find another window grill they can open and this is the window that special.
Agent open Jimmy's open and crawls out of the students -- do not crawl out after him and so even though he can barely see barely agree he goes back and in fact he goes back in and out several times.
He can't behind him and he is overcome with smoke.
Over struggles up a small ladder to the roof of the building and collapses -- -- -- the other regions.
Another US agent in full combat -- you emerges from the tactical operations center.
When the smoke grenade to hide his movements he moved to the small residents and -- the two agents holed up there out.
The three and -- to a former vehicles parked nearby and drive a short distance to the -- residents.
Taking -- -- fall into the -- summer ends and means feeling their way through the building to try to find their two colleagues.
They find Smith they pull them out of the building.
-- -- Now remember to -- -- security team is gone but just small unit of security at the -- a mile away.
Six Americans and sixteen from the league -- militia Iran.
Some surround with the others -- win.
Their -- able to find Stevens by eleven the Libyan forces say they can no longer hold the perimeter.
The American agents carrying Smith's body pile into an armored vehicle and exit the main gate.
They hit for the -- about a mile away.
Crown fire is a town close to grenades under their vehicle but it direct fire and AK 47 about the way.
It's like to flat tires a heavy damage to their vehicle they keep rolling.
Several blocks away they hit more traffic in -- busy -- Gaza neighborhood the car careens over the middle divider pushes forward against opposing traffic.
Finally makes it to the -- and again hope for safety.
Sometime after midnight back at the mission looters entered the building and find the body of Stevens slumped on the floor.
Although they don't know who we is they -- come out through a window these guys -- dazed his face smoke -- seemingly lifeless.
When someone says he's breathing the crowd is -- leave and shear -- -- god is great.
Around 1 AM ambassador Stevens has brought by car here to the Ben -- medical center.
Are doctors tried desperately to resuscitate him for some 45 minutes they fail he -- of severe asphyxiation.
Back at the -- the battle is on again.
Fighters hitting the plays with AK 47 fire and rocket propelled grenades -- -- those inside to retreat -- building further back.
X compound sometime after 130 at the -- -- airport a team of reinforcements arrives from the US embassy in Tripoli.
-- make their way to the panics.
According to reports there were going into an ambush.
Around 4 AM this annex compound is hit by another wave of attacks it is described as planned and precise.
A round of mortar fire targeting the roof of -- building set well behind this -- That turns out to be dangerous and deadly.
Killed in that attack them to security personnel.
-- already 42 and Tyrone -- 41.
Both former Navy SEALs.
Badly injured special agent David children the same man who struggled valiantly to save the lives of ambassador Stevens.
An information manager Smith.
The fighters are repelled an -- reportedly a base of operations for sensitive intelligence work -- militants in eastern Libya is secure.
Decision is made to evacuate the whole enterprise.
-- -- -- reporting from inside been Ghazi and Libby.