Officials say special operations forces have captured a terrorist who was instrumental in the attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.
The attack resulted in the death of the American ambassador to the country.
The officials say U.S. commandos captured the unidentified terrorist in Libya and are transporting him back to the U.S. The officials say the mission was approved by President Donald Trump and done in coordination with Libya’s internationally recognized government.
The officials weren’t authorized to speak on the matter and demanded anonymity.
Navy SEALs captured Benghazi terrorist Mustafa al-Imam by surprise during an operation in the works for months.
In a statement, US President Donald Trump announced that the officials were acting on his orders when capturing the terrorist identified as Mustafa al-Imam.
“Yesterday, on my orders, United States forces captured Mustafa al-Imam in Libya,” Trump said in the statement. “Because of this successful operation, al-Imam will face justice in the United States for his alleged role in the September 11, 2012 attacks in Benghazi, which resulted in the deaths of Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Glen Doherty, Sean Smith, and Tyrone Woods — four brave Americans who were serving our country.”
The raid was reportedly conducted in Libya on Saturday. Officials are now planning to transfer al-Imam to the US for prosecution in federal courts
The September 2012 assault killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.
The attack was the fodder of multiple congressional investigations to determine what went wrong and whether the Obama administration misled the public on the details of the bloody assault.