BENGHAZI, Libya, Sept 18, 2012 (AFP) -
BENGHAZI, Libya, Sept 18, 2012 (AFP) –
Libyans tried to save US Ambassador Chris Stevens after finding him in a locked, smoke-filled room following last week’s attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, according to amateur video
footage obtained Tuesday by AFP.
“Is there a doctor around? Does anyone know a doctor,” a young man, among a crowd of people gathered around a body believed to be Stevens, is heard saying in the video footage.
Another person is seen checking the pulse of the victim.
In another scene, protesters are shown dragging a body out of a window and then placing it on the ground outside a building that has been burned by flames.
One of the protesters is heard saying “he is dead” while others shout “he is alive, he is alive. Get him out of here.”
Ambassador Stevens and three other Americans were killed on September 11 when the US consulate in Benghazi came under fire from rocket-propelled grenades during a protest against an anti-Islam film made in America.
On Monday a US State Department official refused to call the attack “an act of terror,” saying a full investigation had to be completed first.
US and Libyan officials have offered widely differing accounts about the assault which coincided with the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks.
The US ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, confirming earlier accounts of the attack from the State Department, said Sunday it began with a spontaneous protest over an anti-Islamic video.
But Libya’s parliament chief, Mohammed al-Megaryef, blamed the attack on a few foreign extremists who he said entered Libya from Mali and Algeria and pre-planned it with local “affiliates and sympathizers.”