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Militia leader denies role in embassy attack

Libyan Islamist says he arrived to help comrades

BENGHAZI, Libya — Just days after President Obama vowed to hunt down and bring to justice those responsible for the Sept. 11 attack on the US diplomatic compound here, Ahmed Abu Khattala — one of those considered a ringleader — spent two leisurely hours Thursday evening at a luxury hotel full of journalists, relaxed in a red fez and sandals, sipping mango juice on a patio overlooking the Mediterranean and scoffing at the threats coming from both the US and Libyan governments.

Libya’s fledgling army was a ‘‘national chicken,’’ Abu Khattala said, using an Arabic rhyme. Asked who should take responsibility for apprehending the mission’s attackers, he chuckled at the weakness of the Libyan authorities. And he accused US leaders of ‘‘playing with the emotions of the American people’’ and ‘‘using the consulate attack just to gather votes for their elections.’’

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