Al-Qaeda-linked terror group now thought to be behind killing of US ambassador to Libya

Libyans outside the burned-out American consulate in Libya on Wednesday, a day after it came under attack. (photo credit: AP/Ibrahim Alaguri)

The attack on an American consulate building in Libya that left the ambassador and three other Americans dead may have been a planned operation by a group linked to al-Qaeda timed to coincide with the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, sources in the US and Libya said Wednesday.

Sources in Libya told CNN that al-Qaeda operatives carried out the attack in revenge for a slain terrorist operative, using the release of an anti-Islam movie as a pretext for the chaos.

Protesters stormed the US Consulate in Benghazi late Tuesday night, setting fire to the building and killing Ambassador Chris Stevens as well as three other staffers....

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