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Aftermath of a deadly day at US consulate in Libya

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People stand near a burnt car at the U.S. consulate, which was attacked and set on fire by gunmen yesterday, in Benghazi on Sept. 12. Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya, and three embassy staff were killed as they rushed away from the consulate building, stormed by al Qaeda-linked gunmen blaming America for a film that they said insulted the Prophet Mohammad. Stevens was trying to leave the consulate building for a safer location as part of an evacuation when gunmen launched an intense attack, apparently forcing security personnel to withdraw.

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An interior view of the U.S. consulate, which was attacked and set on fire by gunmen yesterday, in Benghazi on Sept. 12.

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An exterior view of the U.S. consulate, which was attacked and set on fire by gunmen yesterday, in Benghazi on Sept. 12.

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An interior view of the damage at the U.S. consulate, which was attacked and set on fire by gunmen yesterday, in Benghazi on Sept. 12.

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U.S. envoy Chris Stevens attends meetings at the Tibesty Hotel where an African Union delegation was meeting with opposition leaders in Benghazi, Libya. Libyan officials say the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans have been killed in an attack on the U.S. consulate in the eastern city of Benghazi by protesters angry over a film that ridiculed Islam's Prophet Muhammad.

NBC News and wire reports -- The U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans were killed after protesters angry over a film that ridiculed Islam's Prophet Mohammad stormed the U.S. consulate in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi.

President Barack Obama said in Washington that the U.S. condemned Tuesday's attack in the "strongest possible terms" and would work with the Libyan authorities to bring the killers to justice.

"Make no mistake. Justice will be done," he said.

Christopher Stevens was the first U.S. ambassador to be killed during an assignment since Adolph Dubs was slain in an exchange of gunfire during a kidnapping attempt in Afghanistan in 1979.

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U.S. President Barack Obama makes a statement in response to the attack at the U.S. Consulate in Libya as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton looks on Sept. 12 at the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC.

The U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans were killed after protesters angry over a film that ridiculed Islam's Prophet Muhammad stormed the U.S. consulate in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi.