Two suspects in the Sept. 11 attack that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three colleagues have been arrested at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport, Kanal D television reported today.
The suspects, identified as Tunisians, were detained late yesterday as they attempted to enter the country with fake passports, Kanal D said.
Abunaker Feraz of Benghazi, who lived near the base of the Islamist group suspected of carrying out the attack, said on Sept. 22 that, “Ansar al-Shariah includes someone from Afghanistan, someone from Tunisia, someone from Libya.”
Turkish police were questioning the suspects, Kanal D said. It was not clear whether the suspects might be extradited to Libya or the U.S., Kanal D said. Turkish authorities were not available for comment.
State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland had no comment on the report today.
President Barack Obama vowed on Sept. 13 that the U.S. would “bring to justice” those responsible for the attack on the American diplomatic compound in Libya.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said today he’s “satisfied with the progress” the Justice Department has made in its investigation into the Sept. 11 attacks on a U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya.
“You should not assume that we could do or have been doing is restricted solely to Benghazi,” Holder said at a press conference today in Washington. “There are a variety of other places in country and outside the country where relevant things could be done and have been done.”
Pentagon spokesman George Little told reporters that a team from the Federal Bureau of Investigation visited the compound today. The FBI team was transported by a U.S. military support group and left today, he said.
Mohammed Magariaf, the president of Libya’s parliament and de facto head of state, said in a Sept. 15 Bloomberg interview at his home in Benghazi that he would welcome international cooperation in the hunt for the killers of Stevens.
“Let us start with ourselves, then if we are not capable then with whoever can help us,” he said. “Americans and Europeans helping is not a new thing for us.”
Libya’s Chief Prosecutor for Benghazi, Saleh Adem Mohammed, told Bloomberg in a Sept. 19 interview: “The Libyan authorities are ready to cooperate with the Americans. but the investigation phase must be secret. Libyan law says it is alright to collaborate with any international committee.”
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