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Protesters storm U.S. consulate in Libya's Benghazi over insulting movie

(Xinhua)

10:51, September 12, 2012

TRIPOLI, Sept. 11 (Xinhua) -- One American staff member from the U.S. consulate in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi was killed on Tuesday night after hundreds of protesters, angered by an alleged U.S.-made movie that insults the Prophet Mohammed, broke into the consulate building, a Libya's interior ministry official said.

Wanis Sharef, an assistant to Libya's interior minister, told Xinhua that the diplomats of the U.S. mission have been evacuated to avoid clashes with the protesters.

Sharef confirmed that one person from the consulate was killed, but did not say clearly whether the dead was a diplomat or not.

Meanwhile, reports from Washington have by now confirmed one death in the consulate attack in Benghazi, but it neither revealed the casualty's identity.

At the same time, local media in Libya said that another U.S. official might also have been injured.

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