Attack in Benghazi, alleged mastermind risks death penalty

Khattala faces new US grand jury 17-count indictement

15 October, 11:20

    Handout image released by the FBI of the damaged US Special Mission after it was attacked in Benghazi, Libya, 11 September 2012 Handout image released by the FBI of the damaged US Special Mission after it was attacked in Benghazi, Libya, 11 September 2012

    (ANSAmed) - WASHINGTON - Libya's Abu Ahmed Khattala, 43, who allegedly masterminded the September 11, 2012 attack on the US consulate in Benghazi in which four Americans died, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, has been indicted on new charges.

    The new 17-count grand jury indictment includes multiple charges punishable by the death penalty.

    In particular, Khattala faces four new charges in connection with the murder of a person during the attack on a federal structure.

    Khattala was captured last June 15 in Libya in an operation carried out by special US forces.

    On the 26th, he was formally indicted by a court in Washington for the attack on the Benghazi consulate.

    US Attorney General Eric Holder said the administration would continue to pursue those committing atrocious acts of terrorism targeting the United States. Those who want to harm US citizens - no matter how far - should understand that ''our nation's memory is long and our reach is far'', he said.(ANSAmed).

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