The four victims were killed when their car was attacked in Libya.
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One day after the eleventh anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Libyan radicals have attacked the US Consulate in Libya, killing US Ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens and three security personnel. The three were killed while attempting to drive to a safe location, Libyan officials say.
The attackers were outraged over an American film that depicted the prophet Muhammed. The film was low-budget - not a Hollywood film - but Muslims find it offensive to depict the prophet in any case.
Libyan forces have been accused of doing very little to stop these attacks. They said they were heavily outnumbered and decided not to intervene.
Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird released a statement this morning strongly condemning the attacks and regretting the lives lost. "We call upon Libyan authorities to take all necessary measures to protect diplomatic premises in accordance with Libya's international obligations," he said. "We also urge Libyan officials to ensure the extremists responsible are brought to swift justice."
President Obama has also condemned these attacks.
In Cairo, Egypt, several men scaled the walls of the US Embassy in protest of the same film, and replaced the US flag with an Islamic banner reading "There is no God but God, and Muhammed is His prophet."