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Officials Tie Former Guantanamo Bay Detainee to Benghazi Attack

The State Department is expected to link Abu Sufian bin Qumu and a group he oversees to the attack.

Abu Sufian bin Qumu was transferred from Guantanamo Bay in 2007.(John Moore/Getty Images)

A former Guantanamo Bay detainee took part in the Benghazi terrorist attack, officials said, and a group he leads will be designated as a foreign terrorist organization.

Abu Sufian bin Qumu, who oversees Ansar al-Sharia in the eastern Libyan city of Darnah, took part in the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attack which left four Americans dead, including U.S. Ambassador J. Chris Stevens, officials told The Washington Post.

Qumu was transferred from Guantanamo Bay to Libya in 2007. He was released from detention by the Libyan government in 2008.

 

Members of Qumu's organization were seen in Benghazi before the terrorist attack, but it is unclear if that is a coincidence. Darnah is approximately 180 miles away from Benghazi.

Qumu's group will be linked to the Benghazi terrorist attack when the State Department labels three branches of Ansar al-Sharia as foreign terrorist organizations, officials said.

Qumu will also be labeled as a specifically designated global terrorist, which allows the U.S. government to freeze any assets in its jurisdiction and block American individuals and companies from engaging in financial transactions with Qumu.

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