Libya militias storm U.S. consulate over film

  • Libyan militia members stormed the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, the country's second largest city, on Tuesday.

    The ambassador is reported to be among four U.S. officials killed after gunmen and security forces clashed outside the building following protests over an American-made film that allegedly insults the Prophet Muhammad.

    The armed protestors later went on to set fire to the building. No one was in the consulate at the time.The four diplomats are believed to have been killed in a rocket attack targeting their car as they fled to a safter venue.

    Earlier in the day, protesters in Egypt scaled a wall at the U.S. embassy in Cairo and tore down an American flag in protest over the film.

    The American flag was flying at half-mast to commemorate the 9/11 attacks and was replaced by an Islamist banner.

    The film at the center of the dispute was produced by U.S. pastor Terry Jones in collaboration with Egyptian Copt expatriates.