"The American ambassador to Libya and three other Americans were killed when a mob of protesters and gunmen overwhelmed the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, setting fire to it in outrage over a film that ridicules Islam's Prophet Muhammad. Libya's new president apologized Wednesday for the attack, which underlined the lawlessness plaguing a region trying to recover from months of upheaval. Ambassador Chris Stevens, 52, died as he and a group of embassy employees went to the consulate to try to evacuate staff as a crowd of hundreds attacked the consulate Tuesday evening, many of them firing machine-guns and rocket-propelled grenades. By the end of the assault, much of the building was burned out and trashed. Stevens was the first U.S. ambassador to be killed in the line of duty since 1979." - AP
U.S. State Department shows U.S. Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens in an official portrait. 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. (AP Photo/U.S. State Department) (AP Photo/ Anonymous)
A vehicle and the surrounding area are engulfed in flames after it was set on fire inside the US consulate compound in Benghazi, late on September 11, 2012. (STR/AFP/GettyImages)
An armed man waves his rifle as buildings and cars are engulfed in flames after being set on fire inside the US consulate compound in Benghazi, late on September 11, 2012. (STR/AFP/GettyImages)
A vehicle and surrounding buildings smolder after they were set on fire inside the US consulate compound in Benghazi, late on September 11, 2012. (STR/AFP/GettyImages)
For all his bluster and bombast over the past four decades as Libya’s quirky ruler, Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi was mysteriously and conspicuously absent as forces of the six-month-old Libya rebellion encircled what they believed to be his ultimate Tripoli hideout, the Bab al-Azizya compound.
Even the leader of the rebel movement, Mustafa Abdel-Jalil, admitted he did not know if Colonel Qaddafi was holed up inside — or somewhere else in Libya, or another country. He is wanted not only by the rebels but by the International Criminal Court, which in June issued a warrant for his arrest.
Colonel Qaddafi, 69, has not been seen in public for more than two months. His once prolonged televised diatribes have stopped. The only indications that he may be in the compound have been the arrests of two of his sons in Tripoli as well as a series of fuzzy audio recordings — the most recent of them Sunday night — promising he will not leave Libya and exhorting Libyans to spill their blood for him to the end.
Rumors have swirled in Libya and elsewhere that he may have secretly slipped out of Tripoli before the rebel movement’s surprisingly speedy invasion of the city over the weekend.
South Africa’s Foreign Ministry on Monday publicly refuted speculation that it had sent an airplane to fetch Colonel Qaddafi and his family. Maite Nkoana-Mashabae, South Africa’s foreign minister, told reporters in Johannesburg that the government had sent aircraft only to evacuate the staff of its embassy.
“I am amazed at any insinuation of South Africa aiding anyone,” she said when asked if South Africa was trying to help Colonel Qaddafi. “We know for sure he will not come here.”
Rumors over the weekend that Colonel Qaddafi may have fled to asylum in Venezuela also proved false.
Abdel Moneim Al-Houni, the Libyan representative in Egypt, who proclaimed his allegiance to the rebels on Monday, told reporters in Cairo that the rebels in Tripoli admittedly do not have a firm grasp on Colonel Qaddafi’s whereabouts. However, he said, “We believe that his family, his children and grandchildren are there and we expect him to be there with them hiding in Tripoli.”
Rebel forces takes over capital city Tripoli
He added that there were reports the colonel may have fled to the Mediterranean city of Surt, his tribal home, where support for him is said to remain strong. That possibility suggested an outcome to the Libya conflict in which the colonel and his kin would be confined in some sort of internal exile.
The prime ministers of France and Britain, which have managed the NATO air campaign that assisted the Libyan rebels, both said on Monday that they could not confirm Colonel Qaddafi’s location.
Colonel Qaddafi’s last public appearance was on June 12, when he was photographed playing chess in Tripoli with the visiting president of the World Chess Federation, Kirsan N. Ilyumzhinov, an equally eccentric if less powerful personality from Russia who claims to communicate with aliens from outer space.
Stephen Farrell contributed reporting from Cairo.
New York Times
The Federal Government has lived up to her promise by evacuating 499 of her citizens from the troubled land of Libya to Nigeria. The news was disclosed to Nigerians by the spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Yushau Shuaib. This is an agency charged with the responsibility of rescue and security of Nigerian citizens in time of trouble and calamity. Bloomberg News Agency reported the phone conversation with the spokesman Yushau Shuaib whom was quoted, "NEMA is coordinating other agencies to bring back about 2,000 Nigerians.”
Nigerian “President Goodluck Jonathan gave the directive for the evacuation on Wednesday, as the crisis in Libya worsened after days of protests. There is no official figure of Nigerians living in Libya, but the number is believed to be substantial because many Nigerians use the country as a gateway to Europe.
Among Nigerians stranded in Libya is popular boxer Bash Ali, a former International Cruiser weight champion, who went to Tripoli to seek the assistance of Libyan leader Mouammar Khadafi for his impending fight,” according to Africa Online.
A charted Jumbo jet carrying 499 citizens of Nigeria landed at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja at 1.30 am Sunday morning. The Federal Government is also making arrangements to bring the remaining Nigerians in Libya. The problems of clearance from Tripoli and instability of the Libyan government as she experienced uprising from her citizens has become a major problem for a quick evacuation of Nigerians.