A Libyan militant accused in the deadly attack on Americans in Benghazi, Libya, is in U.S. custody, according to the White House.
President Barack Obama said in a statement Tuesday that he authorized an operation in Libya to detain Ahmed Abu Khattala. His capture marks the first apprehension of an alleged perpetrator in the 2012 attack that killed U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.
Obama said his capture is a testament to the painstaking efforts of U.S. security officials. He said the U.S. has demonstrated it will do whatever it takes to bring justice to those who harm Americans.
Obama also said the U.S. must support the Libyan people as they work to build a democracy.