U.S. Officials: Deadly Libya Attack Likely Planned

Source: AP / CBS News

U.S. officials believe that an attack on a U.S. Consulate in Libya resulting in the death of an American ambassador may have been planned and not solely the actions of a spontaneous mob demonstrating against an online video ridiculing Islam’s Prophet Muhammad.

“This was a coordinated attack, more of a commando-style event,” House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Mich., told CBS News Capitol Hill producer Jill Jackson. “It had both coordinated fire — direct fire and indirect fire. There appeared to be military maneuvers approaching the facility.”

U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and three other Americans died in the attack on the U.S. Consulate in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi Tuesday.

A U.S. source told CBS News investigative producer Pat Milton that authorities were “leaning” toward the theory that al Qaeda planned the attack and that the protest seems to have been a fortuitous coincidence for the militants. The fact that some of the attackers were armed with rockets and grenades is one of the factors leading to that initial conclusion.

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