Italy Evacuates Benghazi Consulate After Attack
Consul was shot at, but not hurt
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 15, 2013 1:15 PM CST
In this Jan. 12, 2013, photo, an armed guard stands next to the armored car of the Italian Consul, Guido De Sanctis, that was fired on as he left the consulate on Saturday in Benghazi, Libya.   (AP Photo/Mahmoud Sohim)

(Newser) – Italy's consul in Benghazi was attacked over the weekend, prompting Italy to suspend all activity at the consulate there and withdraw all staff today. Gunmen fired on diplomat Guido De Sanctis' car Saturday, prompting recollections of the fatal September attack on the US mission in the Libyan city. De Sanctis was unhurt, Reuters reports. Yesterday, a Libyan official said the country is creating a special security force to protect consulates and embassies after a wave of militant attacks on such institutions, the AP notes.

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Jan 15, 2013 10:56 PM CST
Some countries are just begging for war on their heads. Somebody will eventually accommodate them... Why can't we actually have some peace for a change?
Jan 15, 2013 3:52 PM CST
Did the Italians release a video about Muslims? The Obama administration said the U.S. embassy was attacked over one. Italy certainly is smarter than the U.S.'s government. I bet they know how to send in reinforcements and get the he11 out!
Jan 15, 2013 3:43 PM CST
What mysterious ailment will Clinton come up with before the 23rd?? I'm betting on the Flu followed by fainting, hitting her head again, causing irreparable Amnesia.