An armed group of protesters clashed with Libyan security forces Tuesday at the U.S. consulate office in Benghazi, a security official told Reuters, over a film that reportedly insults Islam’s Prophet Muhammad.
"One American staff member has died and a number have been
injured in the clashes,'' Abdel-Monem Al-Hurr, a spokesman for
Libya's Supreme Security Committee, told Reuters.
The film, which was produced in the U.S., according to the Associated Press, spurred a similar incident in Egypt at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, where protesters climbed the building and tore down an American flag.
"The U.S. consulate's security guards inside the building fired at the militia as it was trying to enter and attack it," Al-Hurr said.
Witnesses told the Associated Press the consulate was set on fire and most of it was burned.
"We can confirm that our office in Benghazi, Libya has been attacked by a group of militants," the State Department said in a statement. "We are working with the Libyans now to secure the compound. We condemn in strongest terms this attack on our diplomatic mission."