Libya suspect in US consulate attack denies charge

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Posted: Aug 07, 2013 11:44 AM
Libya suspect in US consulate attack denies charge

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — A Libyan militia commander accused in the United States of being involved in an attack that killed a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans has denied the charges.

Ahmed Abu Khattala told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he was not in hiding after the U.S. Justice Department filed charges against him over the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.

Khattala has repeatedly denied — including Wednesday — being involved in the attack that killed U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens. He said he was in Benghazi "having a normal life."

Khattala is a commander of an Islamist militia group. Officials in the U.S. say he and an unspecified number of others are named in a sealed complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Washington.