WASHINGTON — The U.S. said that it had captured the suspected ringleader and terrorist mastermind of the disastrous attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. The attack killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, along with three other Americans on the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Reuters reported that Ahmed Abu Khatallah was captured today, and U.S. President Barack Obama released a statement, part of which said the following:
“Since the deadly attacks on our facilities in Benghazi, I have made it a priority to find and bring to justice those responsible for the deaths of four brave Americans.”
Obama also said that Khatallah would, “face the full weight of the American justice system.”
U.S. military troops conducted a raid, with the help of law enforcement, to capture Khatallah. He is being held on an American ship after being captured in a raid near Benghazi.
Khatallah will not be sent to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where most militants and terrorists are sent, and instead will be tried in the United States court system. Obama has made it a point to try terrorists in U.S. courts and not through military tribunals.