BREAKING: Benghazi: Ronnie Smith 33 Yr Old American Teacher Gunned Down In Vicinity Of US Consulate Site Of 9/11/12 Islamic Jihad Attack
(Reuters) – Gunmen shot dead an American chemistry teacher working at an international school in the Libyan city of Benghazi, medical and security sources said on Thursday.
“He was doing his morning exercise when gunmen just shot him. I don’t know why. He was so sweet with everyone,” said Adel al Mansouri, director at the school in Benghazi.
It was not immediately clear who was responsible for the killing.
Libyan special forces have been battling militants from Ansar al-Sharia in Benghazi. U.S. officials blame the group for attacking the U.S. consulate in the eastern city in September 2012, killing the ambassador and three other Americans.
Security sources said three soldiers were also killed in separate attacks on Thursday in Benghazi.[..]
The American teacher was jogging near the US Consulate in Benghazi; the site of the deadly jihad attack on September 11, 2012 in which 4 Americans were murdered.
(AP) ….Fadyah al-Burghathi, spokeswoman for the Al-Galaa hospital, says the body of a man from Texas was brought to the hospital on Thursday with gunshot wounds.
A security official says the American taught chemistry at the city’s International School, a Libyan-owned institute that follows an American curriculum. No one has claimed responsibility for the teacher’s killing.
But the security official, Ibrahim al-Sharaa, says the American was jogging near the U.S. Consulate, where the American ambassador and three other Americans were killed by Islamic militants last September.
The man, thought to be called Ronnie Smith, was gunned down earlier on Thursday as he was jogging in Fweihat district, local sources told the BBC.
The body of a 33-year-old US citizen who had died of gunshot wounds was brought in to the Benghazi Medical Centre, its spokesman Khalil Gwider said.
….Two years after the NATO-backed uprising that ousted Moammar Gadhafi, Libya is still in messy transition, with no new constitution, a temporary government and nascent security forces struggling to contain militias and former rebels.
In October, Islamist militants called for the kidnapping of U.S. citizens in Libya and targeted attacks on American property following a raid by U.S. special forces to seize a suspected al Qaeda leader from his home in Tripoli.
Last week, Libya’s army clashed with militants in Benghazi, where Islamists run their own checkpoints in the port city and assassinations and bombings happen regularly.
In the wake of recent clashes in Tripoli which left more than 40 people dead, Secretary of State John Kerry last month urged Libyans to “break the cycle of violence through respectful dialogue and reconciliation.”
He added: “Too much blood has been spilled and too many lives sacrificed to go backwards.”
What an ignorant dangerous fool.