WASHINGTON -- U.S. officials are bracing for possible protests across the Muslim world over an anti-Islam film blamed on an attack in Libya that killed a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans.
With angry protests already occurring in Egypt and Yemen, the U.S. has put all of its diplomatic missions on high alert. And Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has denounced the anti-Islam video in hopes of pre-empting further turmoil.
U.S. officials say there's was no indication the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya was planned, but they are investigating whether a Libyan-based militant group was responsible for turning the protest violent. US braces for more violence from anti-Muslim film.
There's word of arrests in Libya, in the killing of the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans.
A Libyan official says an unspecified number of militants suspected of taking part in the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi have been arrested. And he says others are being closely monitored by police to see whether they are linked to a group.
The official, a deputy interior minister, also says the attacks were an organized two-part operation by heavily-armed militants. He says the operation included a precisely-timed raid on what was supposed to be a secret safe house, just as Libyan and U.S. security forces were arriving to rescue consulate staff.
According to the Libyan official, the attacks may have been timed to mark the 9/11 anniversary. He says the militants used civilians protesting an anti-Islam film as a cover for their actions.