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Libya Says 50 Arrested in U.S. Consulate Attack

September 16, 2012

The president of Libya’s General National Congress said about 50 arrests have been made in connection with the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi that killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three others.

Mohammed Yussef Magariaf said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” program the attack was “planned by foreigners, by people who entered the country a few months ago,” from countries including Mali and Algeria. The Sept. 11 date of the attack “leaves us in no doubt that this was preplanned,” he said, according to a transcript of the interview.

Magariaf also said the Federal Bureau of Investigation should stay out of Libya “for a little while.”

“We do what we have to do ourselves,” he said on CBS. “Any hasty action, I think, is not welcome.”

He said the attack against the consulate and the killings of Americans were “ugly deeds” that “do not resemble any way, in any sense, the aspirations, the feelings of Libyans towards the United States and its citizens.”

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