A U.S. national was killed and another wounded Tuesday in Libya as a group of militants attacked the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, during a protest against a film they say offends Islam.
An angry mob gathered outside the consulate and set fire to the building.
The U.S. State Department confirmed the attack and said that the government is working with Libyans to secure the compound. A statement said the U.S. condemns “in strongest terms this attack on our diplomatic mission.”
Anti-U.S. demonstrations against the film were also held outside the U.S. embassy in Egypt’s capital, Cairo. Protesters in both countries say the U.S.-made film is offensive to Islam’s Prophet Muhammad.
Media reports say the film about the prophet was financed by expatriate members of Egypt’s Coptic Christian minority group.