An armed man waves his rifle as buildings and cars are engulfed in flames after being set on fire inside the US consulate compound in Benghazi. Pix: AFP/Getty ImagesLIBYA: The U.S. ambassador to Libya has reportedly been killed in a rocket attack on the US consulate in Benghazi.
Three other embassy staff were also reportedly killed.
According to al-Arabiya news agency, the attack in Libya took place hours after angry Islamists stormed Washington's embassy in Cairo.
The angered mob were protesting a film by Sam Bacile, an Israeli, which was deemed offensive to Islam.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in a statement late on Tuesday, confirmed the death of the U.S. diplomat, who was not yet identified, and condemned the attack on the Benghazi consulate.
Meanwhile, it has been said that Bacile who is currently based in California has gone into hiding. Bacile however remained defiant, in a phone interview with AP from an undisclosed location, Bacile insisted that Islam is a cancer and that he intended his film to be a provocative political statement condemning the religion.
The two-hour movie, "Innocence of Muslims," claimed that Prophet Muhammad is a fraud, and cost $5 million to make. It was financed with the help of more than 100 Jewish donors.
An English-language 13-minute trailer on YouTube shows an amateur cast performing a wooden dialogue of insults disguised as revelations about Muhammad, whose obedient followers are presented as a cadre of goons.