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Obama seeks justice for killed U.S. ambassador to Libya

  • U.S. President Barack Obama pledged to bring to justice those responsible for the death of the American ambassador to Libya during protests against a film that insults Islam.

    Speaking in the Rose Garden at the White House on Wednesday, Obama told reporters: "Make no mistake. Justice will be done."

    "It is especially tragic that Chris Stevens died in Benghazi because it is a city that he helped to save," he added, praising the diplomat for his work in the troubled nation following the overthrow of the late Col Muammar Gaddafi.

    Obama stressed to reporters that the attack on the American consulate would not sever ties between the U.S. and the new Libyan government.

    Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens reportedly died of smoke inhalation after dozens of protestors stormed the consulate on Tuesday.

    Three other Americans were also killed after the consulate was set on fire.

    According to reports, a militia known as the Ansar al-Sharia brigade was behind the attack, though the group has denied the claim.

    Protesters against the film also attacked the American embassy in Cairo on Tuesday night.

    The film at the heart of the dispute, which appeared on YouTube, was produced by U.S. pastor Terry Jones in collaboration with Egyptian Copt expatriates.