US justice officials have filed the first
criminal charges related to the deadly attack on a US diplomatic post
in September 2012 in Benghazi, Libya, broadcaster CNN reported
Tuesday, citing people briefed on the investigation.
Ahmed Khattalah, leader of a Libyan militia believed to be involved in the attack, was charged under a sealed indictment, the broadcaster said. Details of the charges were not known, and the Justice Department and FBI both declined to comment.
Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other US staffers were killed in the attack by suspected Islamists on the US facility on September 11.
The Obama administration has faced criticism from opposition Republican lawmakers and other critics for not doing enough to prevent or investigate the attack. The political fallout scuttled hopes by then UN ambassador Susan Rice of becoming secretary of state.
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