U.S. pulls all official government personnel from Benghazi

The State Department said that it has pulled its personnel from Benghazi and that any diplomatic outreach to Libya’s second-largest city is being done remotely. The U.S. post where Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans died in an attack by militants has been closed.

“Everybody who was in Benghazi and posted there has been withdrawn,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said. She said she knew of no other U.S. government employees in the city to help investigate the attack or perform other work.

The pullout was described as a temporary precaution following what the administration is now calling a terrorist attack on two U.S. government compounds. Non­essential U.S. personnel also have been evacuated from the embassy in Tripoli, though it remains open.