Libyan officials: US ambassador to Libya killed during attack on consulate in Benghazi; Update: Obama releases statement

Reuters, the Associated Press and other media outlets are reporting that Libyan officials say Ambassador Chris Stevens and three staffers died Tuesday after the violent attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.

The officials say Ambassador Chris Stevens was killed Tuesday night when he and a group of embassy employees went to the consulate to try to evacuate staff. The protesters were firing gunshots and rocket propelled grenades.

John Podhoretz reacts at Commentary:

This is awful, calamitous, horrible news in a hundred different ways, not only for his family and for the Foreign Service in which he served so honorably, but when it comes to the most fundamental rule of relations between countries from time immemorial—which is that their emissaries are guaranteed safe passage and safe conduct when they travel on behalf of their own governments.

Update:

Ambassador Stevens reportedly died from suffocation.

Update:

A statement from President Obama:

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