Christopher Stevens, U.S. ambassador to Libya, and three of his staff members were killed in an attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, said Libyan officials early Wednesday.
Ambassador Stevens was killed Tuesday night when he and fellow embassy employees tried to evacuate people still inside the consulate, reported the Los Angeles Times. The consulate came under attack as protesters fired off guns and grenades.
The attack was led by protesters over a film that mocked the Islamic prophet Muhammad, with similar protests having occurred in the neighboring country of Egypt.
U.S. response included two Navy destroyers and increased protection of overseas Americans, reported the Wall Street Journal, with a federal investigation to find the suspected religious extremists who performed the attack.
Ambassador Stevens was 52.