09/11/2012: Armed assailants breached the main gate of the United States (US) consulate and set fire to various buildings on the grounds in Benghazi city, Benghazi district, Libya. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and Sean Smith suffocated to death from smoke while hiding in a safe house. This was one of two attacks in Benghazi on the night of September 11 and morning of September 12, 2012. Ansar al-Sharia claimed responsibility for the incident; however, their claim was disregarded as invalid. Authorities also suspected the complicity of Al-Qa`ida in the Lands of the Islamic Maghreb (AQLIM).
Middle East & North Africa
|Type of Attack ()
|Successful Attack? ()
Target Information ()
|Target Type: Government (Diplomatic)|
|Name of Entity
||United States Department of State|
|Nationality of Target
|Extent of Property Damage
||Minor (likely < $1 million)|
|Value of Property Damage
||Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
|Rocket-propelled grenades, mortars, AK-47 assault rifles, diesel canisters, and vehicles mounted with artillery guns were used in the attack.|
|Part of Multiple Incident?||Yes|
|Criterion 1 ()
|Criterion 2 ()
|Criterion 3 ()
|Doubt Terrorism Proper ()
|Number of Perpetrators
|Number of Captured Perpetrators
|Total Number of Casualties
||2 Fatalities / 0 Injured|
|Total Number of Fatalities
|Number of U.S. Fatalities
|Number of Perpetrator Fatalities
|Total Number of Injured
|Number of U.S. Injured
|Number of Perpetrators Injured
|"Pentagon releases official timeline of Benghazi attack," CNN Wire, November 10, 2012."
|"Libya violence had 2 phases, official says; Deputy interior minister describes coordinated attack after envoy's death," International Herald Tribune, September 15, 2012."
|"Libyan attacks said to be 2-part militant assault," Associated Press Online, September 13, 2012."