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Benghazi suspect captured, will face full US justice, Obama says

In this file photo, the wreckage of a car sits inside the U.S. Embassy compound on Sept. 12, 2012  in Benghazi, Libya, following an overnight attack on the building. The U.S. ambassador to Libya and three of his colleagues were killed in an attack on the U.S. consulate in the eastern Libyan city by Islamists outraged over an amateur American-made Internet video mocking Islam, less than six months after being appointed to his post. On Tuesday, the Pentagon said one of the Libyan militants accused of perpetrating the attack is in U.S. custody.
In this file photo, the wreckage of a car sits inside the U.S. Embassy compound on Sept. 12, 2012 in Benghazi, Libya, following an overnight attack on the building. The U.S. ambassador to Libya and three of his colleagues were killed in an attack on the U.S. consulate in the eastern Libyan city by Islamists outraged over an amateur American-made Internet video mocking Islam, less than six months after being appointed to his post. On Tuesday, the Pentagon said one of the Libyan militants accused of perpetrating the attack is in U.S. custody.
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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.