Libya official says Gaddafi loyalists killed US diplomats

DUBAI, Sept 12 (Reuters) - A senior Libyan official accused

supporters of the late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi of carrying

out an attack that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three

other Americans in Benghazi.

Deputy Interior Minister Wanis al-Sharif told a news

conference in Benghazi that the attackers had used

rocket-propelled grenades.

"There were RPGs...which shows there were forces exploiting

this. They are remnants of the (former) regime," he said. The

news conference was broadcast on Al Jazeera television.

He suggested that the attackers could have been acting in

revenge for the extradition from Mauritania this month of

Gaddafi's former intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senoussi.

Gaddafi was ousted by rebel forces backed by NATO air power

in August 2011 and was killed in October after months as a

fugitive.

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