Libyan suspect in attack of U.S. mission in Benghazi found dead

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Washington, DC, United States (4E) – A suspect in the deadly attack of the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya in 2012 was found dead Monday in the eastern Libyan town of Marj.

Faraj al-Shibli was last seen alive under the custody of a local militia in Marj two days before his body was discovered, CNN reported Tuesday citing a Libyan source as saying.

Al Shibli was detained by Libyan authorities in March 2013 and was interviewed by FBI agents in connection with the attack of the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012 that killed U.S. ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. He was among 24 people in the FBI’s list of suspects in the attack.

Alleged attack mastermind Ahmed Abu Khattalah is the only suspect under U.S. custody and he is being tried in a Washington, D.C. court. U.S. special forces captured Khattalah in a raid of his coastal hideout in Benghazi last month.

Al-Shibli was a member of the Libyan Islamist Fighting Group that tried to overthrow the government of late Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi in the mid-1990s. He was also a suspect in the 1994 murder of a German counterintelligence official and his wife in the Libyan town of Sirte.

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