U.S. ambassador to Libya and 3 others killed by protesters at U.S. embassy in Benghazi.
Protesters scaled the walls of the embassy and tore down the American flag, tearing it to pieces, and replaced it with an Islamic banner.
The protests erupted over a movie depicting the prophet Muhammad being promoted by an anti-Muslim Coptic Christian in the U.S.
The film was produced by an anti-Muslim ex-convict from Egypt that goes by the name Sam Bacile, though that’s not his real name.
A 14-minute trailer of the movie that sparked the protests, posted on the website YouTube in an original English version and another dubbed into Egyptian Arabic, depicts Muhammad as a fraud, a womanizer and a madman in an overtly ridiculing way, showing him having sex and calling for massacres.
“The main problem is I am the first one to put on the screen someone who is (portraying) Muhammad. It makes them mad,” Bacile said. “But we have to open the door. After 9/11 everybody should be in front of the judge, even Jesus, even Muhammad.”
Secretary of state Hillary Clinton said she fears the protests could escalate and spread to other countries.
Libyan security forces were overwhelmed at the embassy and did little to stop protesters. Similar protests were held at the U.S. embassy in Egypt.
Most staff in the embassy evacuated earlier upon hearing there would be protests.
“Say it, don’t fear: Their ambassador must leave,” the crowd chanted.