UN ambassador: Libya attack apparently spontaneous

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American Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice
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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations says there's no evidence that last week's deadly assault on the U.S. Consulate in Libya was pre-meditated.

Susan Rice says the evidence gathered so far shows no indication of a premeditated or coordinated strike. She says a spontaneous protest over an anti-Muslim video "seems to have been hijacked" by extremists with heavy weapons, which she says are easy to come by in post-revolutionary Libya.

But Libya's interim president, Mohammed el-Megarif, disagrees. He tells CBS's "Face the Nation" he has no doubt the attack was planned "by people who entered the country a few months ago," and that they purposely chose the date, Sept. 11.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers says it's too early to tell. He tells "Fox News Sunday" that classified intelligence gives pause to those who suggest attacks throughout the Middle East were coincidental. The Michigan Republican is a former FBI agent.

Rice appeared on "Fox News Sunday," CBS's "Face the Nation," NBC's "Meet the Press" and CNN's "State of the Union."

1 protester dead in march on US Consulate in Karachi

U.S. Embassy officials in Pakistan say all Americans at the U.S. Consulate in Karachi are safe after clashes broke out between protesters and police.

Police say hundreds of Pakistanis protesting an anti-Islam video broke through a barricade and reached the outer wall of the consulate. Police fired tear gas and water cannons at the protesters, while police and private security guards outside the consulate fired shots in the air to disperse the crowd.

A spokesman for the Shiite Muslim group that organized the rally says one protester was killed in the clash.

An official with the main ambulance service in the city confirms one dead protester was taken away along with 18 who were injured.

A spokeswoman for the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad says all Americans who work at the consulate are safe.

In the eastern city of Lahore, at least 8,000 people attended a rally where an American flag was burned. Smaller protests were held in other parts of Pakistan.

(Associated Press)

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