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Libyan Militias Seen Behind Attack

Ansar al-Sharia, the militant group that’s been said to have led the attack on the American Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, is but one of several armed groups that had exerted themselves in post-Gaddafi Libya. The group, which says that Islam does not allow for democratic forms of government, may number about 200 gunmen and they, like other groups that arose after the Libyan revolution, have been slow to disarm despite calls to do so from the government. In an exclusive interview with NPR on Sunday, Libyan President Mohammed el-Megarif alleged that the attackers infiltrated Libya from neighboring countries.

September 16, 2012 7:27 AM