On September 11, 2011, Islamists dragged the dead body of US Ambassador Christopher Stevens from the consulate after his murder.
The radical Islamists attacked the embassy with rocket propelled grenades and machine gun fire.
The ambassador’s body was missing for five hours after the attack.
Today The New York Times reported that the Benghazi killers also took part in the attack on the gas plant in Algeria last week.
The New York Times reported:
Several Egyptian members of the squad of militants that lay bloody siege to an Algerian gas complex last week also took part in the deadly attack on the United States Mission in Libya in September, a senior Algerian official said Tuesday.
The Egyptians involved in both attacks were killed by Algerian forces during the four-day ordeal that ended in the deaths of at least 38 hostages and 29 kidnappers, the official said. But three of the militants were captured alive, and one of them described the Egyptians’ role in both assaults under interrogation by the Algerian security services, the official said.
If confirmed, the link between two of the most brazen assaults in recent memory would reinforce the transborder character of the jihadist groups now striking across the Sahara. American officials have long warned that the region’s volatile mix of porous borders, turbulent states, weapons and ranks of fighters with similar ideologies creates a dangerous landscape in which extremists are trying to collaborate across vast distances.