U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today released the following statement regarding the attack at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya:
“Today I join President Obama, Gov. Romney, and all Americans in condemning this violence. It is tragic that this crime was apparently carried out in the name of religion."
Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three embassy staff were killed in the attack on the Benghazi consulate.
According to reports from the Chicago Tribune and many other sources, the violence was caried out by Islamic extremists angered by an American-made film posted on YouTube that they said insulted the Prophet Mohammad.
President Barack Obama called the attack "outrageous" and ordered increased security at U.S. diplomatic posts, according to the Tribune report.
The attack came late Tuesday evening. Official responses were delayed as U.S. leaders attempted to notify the next of kin.
Hultgren was the first representative from our area to issue a formal statement, which came at 9:03 a.m. Tuesday.
“In the days ahead, I hope America will respond with discernment and swift justice for those who have killed our own," Hultgren said. "Today, we will mourn with the four American families who have lost their loved ones.”