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Militiaman denies role in Benghazi attack

Published October 18, 2012 2:08 pm

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Tripoli, Libya • A Libyan Islamist militia commander who witnesses claimed led the deadly assault on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi denies he was involved.

Ahmed Abu Khattala told The Associated Press on Thursday that he has not been questioned by Libyan authorities and is "living normally" in the eastern city.

"All this talk is baseless," he said by telephone. "I am in Benghazi, have a job and live my life normally. I have not been accused by any party with any allegations ... I am not a fugitive or in hiding," he added.

Abu Khattala was named by Libyan witnesses as the leader of the Sept. 11 attack that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.