List of American casualties & injuries in the attacks against the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya

List of American casualties and injuries sustained during the attacks against the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya on Sept. 11, 2012:

  • U.S. Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher (“Chris”) Stevens died from apparent smoke inhalation after the Benghazi consulate was set ablaze by armed intruders. His death marked the first murder of a U.S. Ambassador in 24 years.Stevens and his colleague, Information Management Officer Sean Smith, became separated from their accompanying Assistant Regional Security Officer (ARSO) while trying to escape the burning building. Despite numerous attempts to find Stevens, the American security personnel’s search efforts were hindered by extreme heat and heavy smoke. They were forced to leave the consulate’s main compound around midnight following a second round of attacks by militants, some armed with rocket propelled grenades (RPGs).Hours later, Stevens was found unconscious by six Libyan civilians, who took him to the emergency room at Benghazi Medical Center. The doctors there tried to resuscitate Stevens for 45 minutes before pronouncing his death. His body was later transported to Benghazi Airport and flown to Tripoli.

 

  •  Information Management Officer Sean Smith also died from apparent smoke inhalation. His body was recovered by the American security team in the designated “safe area” where Stevens, Smith, and ARSO barricaded themselves before the building was set on fire.

 

  • One Assistant Regional Security Officer suffered a “severe laceration to his arm” during one of the many attempts to rescue Stevens. The security staff were forced to give up their search after the roof of the building collapsed from the fire damage.

 

 

  • Mortar attacks on the U.S. consulate’s annex building shortly after 5 a.m. on Sept. 12 killed U.S. security officers and former Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty.

 

 

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