WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said the captured Libyan militant suspected of killing Americans in Benghazi will face the full weight of the American justice system.
Obama said he authorized an operation in Libya to detain Ahmed Abu Khattala. His capture marks the first apprehension of an alleged perpetrator in the 2012 attack that killed US ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.
Obama said his capture is a testament to the painstaking efforts of US security officials. He said the US has demonstrated it will do whatever it takes to bring justice to those who harm Americans.
Obama said in a statement that the US will continue to track down those responsible for the attacks. He said the US must support the Libyan people as they work to build a democracy.