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Benghazi attack suspect lands in United States

By Kyle Johnson,

A suspect who is believed to have played a large role in the deadly 2012 Benghazi attacks on U.S. diplomatic compounds landed in the United States on Saturday morning, officials revealed.

Libyan militia leader Ahmed Abu Khattala has been held on the New York, a Navy warship, since he was grabbed by U.S. special forces a couple weekends ago, The New York Times reports. It is believed he will go before a magistrate judge later Saturday.

Abu Khattala is currently being detained at the U.S. Federal Courthouse in Washington, D.C. after being flown by helicopter from the New York and was watched over by six FBI agents the whole time.

A senior law enforcement official noted that he was "processed just like any other subject" once the military helicopter landed.

The terror suspect is accused of having a key role in the attack that left U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans dead. He was charged in three counts, with one alleging he killed someone during the 2012 attack and another count saying he provided material support to terrorists.

Officials announced early last week that a special forces team was able to successfully, and without casualties, snatch Abu Khattala outside of Libya.

The U.S. government had been criticized in regards to Abu Khattala over an apparent failure to quickly apprehend him, despite reporters knowing where he was in order to interview him.

 
 

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