Islamic Militia Group Says It Has 'Secured' U.S. Compound in Libya
UPDATE: A YouTube video has emerged that appears to show Islamic militia members inside a CIA residential annex that was abandoned when U.S. left the region a month ago due to escalating violence. According the reports, the same Islamic militia is guarding the U.S. embassy in Tripoli, roughly a mile away.
An Islamic militant group said Sunday it has “secured” a U.S. Embassy compound in Libya’s capital city of Tripoli, which American personnel evacuated roughly a month ago amid ongoing fighting in the country.
An Associated Press journalist walked through the compound Sunday after the Dawn of Libya, an umbrella group for Islamist militias, invited onlookers inside.
Windows at the compound had been broken, but it appeared most of the equipment there remained untouched.
A commander for the Dawn of Libya group said his forces had entered and been in control of the compound since last week.
Fox News as of late Sunday morning has not been able to independently confirm the group’s claim.
On Sept. 11, 2012, U.S. diplomat Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed in a terror attack on a U.S. outpost in Benghazi, Libya.
A video posted online showed men playing in a pool at the compound. In a message on Twitter, U.S. Ambassador to Libya Deborah Jones said the video appeared to have been shot in at the embassy's residential annex.
She also said it appeared the compound was being "safeguarded" and was not "ransacked."
The fighting prompted diplomats and thousands of Tripoli residents to flee. Dozens were killed in the fighting.
On July 26, U.S. diplomats evacuated to neighboring Tunisia under a U.S. military escort. The State Department said embassy operations would be suspended until the security situation improved.
The Dawn of Libya militia is deployed around the capital and has called on foreign diplomats to return now that the fighting has subsided.
Watch the clip above.