The United States captured a militant who allegedly played a role in the 2012 attack on dual US security compounds in the Libyan city of Benghazi, said President Donald Trump on Monday.
Three US staff and Ambassador Christopher Stevens were killed in attacks on the American diplomatic compound and a secret Central Intelligence Agency complex about 1.6 km away.
The captured militant, Mustafa al-Imam, is the second suspect brought into custody over the Benghazi attack on Sept 11 and 12, 2012 carried out by Islamic militant group Ansar al-Sharia.
The US Attorney’s office said Mr al-Imam is charged with murder, providing material support to terrorists and discharging a firearm in the course of a violent crime.
“Yesterday, on my orders, United States forces captured Mustafa al-Imam in Libya,” Mr. Trump said in a statement.
“To the families of these fallen heroes: I want you to know that your loved ones are not forgotten, and they will never be forgotten.”
Attorney General Jeff Sessions vowed Monday that the suspect “will face justice in federal court for his role in the attack.”
“We will never forget those we lost – Tyrone Woods, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty, and Ambassador Christopher Stevens – four brave Americans who gave their lives in service to our nation. We owe it to them and their families to bring their murderers to justice,” Sessions said via a statement.
Although a Republican-led House Select Committee investigation cleared Hillary Clinton of any wrongdoing, it was her controversial decisions as Secretary of State during the Benghazi crisis that plagued her during the 2016 presidential campaign.
The first suspect captured by US forces, considered the planner behind the attack, is currently on trial this week in Washington. Abu Khatallah faces 18 charges related to the attack, including the killing of an internationally protected person among other crimes.
Those who perished in the attack include the ambassador Stevens, State Department technical officer Sean Smith, and retired Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty.
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