FBI Agents Arrive in Benghazi to Investigate

Inquiry narrows to a handful of extremists, says AP
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 4, 2012 5:18 PM CDT
FBI Agents Arrive in Benghazi to Investigate
The late Ambassador Chris Stevens.   (Ben Curtis)

A team of FBI agents arrived in Benghazi, Libya, to investigate the assault against the US consulate and left after about 12 hours as the hunt for those connected to the attack narrowed to one or two people in an extremist group, US officials said. Agents arrived before dawn and departed after sunset, after weeks of waiting for access to the crime scene. The agents went to "all the relevant locations" in the city, a spokeswoman said, but the agency did not disclose what, if anything, they found.

US intelligence and special operations forces have focused on at most "one or two individuals" in the Libya-based extremist group Ansar al-Shariah who may have had something to do with the attack, according to a counterterrorism official. But that official and two others said there was no definitive evidence yet. Yesterday, a Washington Post reporter found sensitive US documents still lying in the consulate rubble. (Read more Benghazi stories.)

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