Libyan Militias Seen Behind Attack

    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 late on September 11, 2012. An armed mob protesting over a film they said offended Islam, attacked the US consulate in Benghazi and set fire to the building, killing one American, witnesses and officials said.          AFP PHOTO        (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/GettyImages)

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    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.

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