Washington: In a big setback to the United States, armed militiamen killed the US ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, amongst four others, in a terrifying attack here on Wednesday. The attack took place in the eastern city of Benghazi.
The ambassador was said to be among the four US officials who were shot to death in the intensified protest over a US-produced film that is said to insult the Muslim's deity Prophet Muhammad.
The State Department has confirmed the death of an official but it has not named him.
The Al Jazeera TV was quoted as saying that hundreds of protesters broke into the consulate building.
The ambassador, who was on a short trip to Benghazi, apparently died of suffocation as a result of smoke inhalation after the mob set fire at the scene.
Libya's Supreme Security Committee spokesman Abdel-Monem Al-Hurr said: "One American staff member has died and a number have been injured in the clashes."
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton confirmed "a staff member" died.
In Cairo, several thousands of Egyptians protested in front of the US embassy against the same movie, allegedly sponsored by Americans but not by the US government or Hollywood companies.