Overnight, the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya was attacked by protesters angered by the production of a film they said insults Prophet Muhammad.
The attack claimed the lives of the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, and three other Americans.
According to the Associated Press, a Libyan doctor who treated Stevens said the diplomat died of severe asphyxiation from smoke inhalation and that he tried for 90 minutes to revive him.
According to Reuters, the United States has evacuated all personnel from Benghazi to Tripoli.
In response to the horrific attack at the United States Consulate in Libya, Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack (R-Palm Springs), issued the following statement:
"This appalling act of violence cannot go unpunished. The fact that the attack was directed at a United States Consulate makes it even more despicable and cowardly. I offer my heartfelt prayers and support to the families of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, Sean Smith and the remaining victims who have not been identified. They demonstrated their bravery and dedication to serving American interests abroad, and now we must show our commitment to honoring their sacrifices by responding appropriately."