Suspect in Benghazi attack captured

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This file photo taken on September 11, 2012 shows a vehicle and surrounding buildings smoldering after they were set on fire inside the US mission compound in Benghazi.

The U.S. military has captured a man believed to be one of the ringleaders of the deadly attacks on the American diplomatic compound and a CIA base in Benghazi, Libya, in September 2012, officials said Tuesday.

According to the Pentagon, Ahmed Abu Khatallah is in U.S. custody in a secure location outside of Libya.

Military officials said no civilians were injured in the raid and that all U.S. personnel involved have safely left the country.

Last year, federal prosecutors filed sealed charges against Khattalah over the Benghazi attack, in which scores of militants using rocket-propelled grenades and other weapons attacked the compound. Khattalah’s arrest is the first in connection with the attack.

U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other U.S. citizens died in the September 11, 2012, attack, which became a political flashpoint.

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