facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Libyan leader: Film didn't incite attack

Sept. 26, 2012 at 1:08 PM   |   Comments

| License Photo
NEW YORK, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- Libyan President Mohamed Magarief said Wednesday the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was pre-planned, not a reaction to an anti-Muslim film.

Speaking on the NBC "Today" show, Magarief discounted claims the movie, produced in California and available in part on YouTube, provoked the burning of the consulate on Sept. 11, saying the film had "nothing to do with" the attack.

Reaction to the film "Innocence of Muslims" has provoked anti-American demonstrations throughout the Middle East and North Africa.

He noted the film was available months before the attack, saying, "Reaction should have been, if it was genuine, should have been six months earlier. So it was postponed until the 11th of September. They chose the date to carry a certain message."

Magarief called the assault "a pre-planned act of terrorism," and said he believes the attackers had training and experience using rocket-powered grenades and mortars, adding that although 40 people have been questioned, no mastermind has been arrested.

© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
School accused of using girl as rape bait; girl gets attacked School accused of using girl as rape bait; girl gets attacked
2
Man who raped pit bull puppy sentenced to five years in prison Man who raped pit bull puppy sentenced to five years in prison
3
40 Islamic State fighters killed in U.S. air strike 40 Islamic State fighters killed in U.S. air strike
4
Man beaten to death by barbell in San Francisco gym Man beaten to death by barbell in San Francisco gym
5
Climate change march attracts hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers and others Climate change march attracts hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers and others
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback