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Reports: American Consulate Employee Killed in Libyan Protests

September 11, 2012

An American employee at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was killed on Tuesday following clashes between Libyan security forces and protesters outside the consulate, Reuters and other media organizations report. The protesters were demonstrating against a film produced in the United States that they considered offensive to Islam.

How the American died is unclear, a spokesman for Libya's Supreme Security Committee told Reuters. An Interior Ministry official told the Associated Press that the American and another employee, who was injured, were shot by two gunmen who stormed the consulate.

The U.S. Embassy in Cairo was also the scene of demonstrations against the movie; protesters scaled the embassy's walls and took down the American flag, according to AP.

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