In a press conference Wednesday afternoon, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaking at the US State Department said there was "no justification" for the deadly attacks that took place on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, late Tuesday.
The attacks resulted in the death of US Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens along with three other embassy staff.
Clinton said, however, that US-Libyan ties would not suffer as a result. She thanked the Libyan people, several of which "defended our post, carried Chris's body to the hospital, and helped other Americans to safety," she affirmed.
Clinton said the killing of the American envoyand three others by "a savage and small group" should "shock the consciences of people of all faiths." She added that "a free and stable Libya is still a US focus."
"I ask myself, how could this happen? How could this happen in a country we helped liberate, in a city we helped save from destruction?" Clinton said. "This question reflects just how complicated, and at times how confounding, the world can be," she added.
"It is especially difficult that this happened on 11 September. Every year on that day we are reminded that our work is not yet finished. The job of putting an end to violent extremism ... continues," Clinton stated.
Paying tribute to the staff killed, she concluded: "Now it is a day we will remember Sean, Chris and our colleagues."