Eight arrested for Benghazi attack

At least 50 people were involved in a Benghazi attack that killed a US ambassador.

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TRIPOLI - Libyan authorities have arrested eight people in connection with the attack on the United States consulate in Benghazi in which the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans were killed, a government official said on Friday.

Libyan officials said last week that four arrests had been made two days after the attack. A security official later said Libyan authorities had identified 50 people involved in the assault.

"The total number of arrests now is eight," an official from new Prime Minister Mustafa Abushagur's office said. He gave no further details.

Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans died after gunmen attacked the U.S. consulate and a safe house refuge in the eastern city on September 11.

The attackers were part of a mob blaming America for a film they said insulted the Prophet Mohammad.