Benghazi Suspect Captured in Libya, in U.S. Custody

The 2012 Benghazi attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound killed 4 Americans, and contributed to criticism of Hillary Clinton during U.S. election

File photo: a man at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, after the attack, Sep 12 2012
Ibrahim Alaguri/AP

U.S. forces have captured a militant who is believed to have played a role in a 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, that killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans, a U.S. official said on Monday. 

Later on Monday, U.S. President Donald Trump announced that Mustafa Al-Imam, who had been captured in Libya on Sunday, will face charges for his alleged role in the attack.

The official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said that U.S. Special Operation Forces took the militant into their custody in Libya during the past few days, but declined to identify him. 

The attack on the embassy was the topic of numerous congressional hearings, with Republican lawmakers critical of the way in which then-secretary of state Hillary Clinton responded to the attack. 

Earlier this month, U.S. prosecutors opened their case against the suspected ringleader, Ahmed Abu Khatallah. 

Khatallah had been awaiting trial since 2014, when he was captured by a team of U.S. military and FBI officials in Libya and transported on a 13-day journey to the United States aboard a Navy vessel.