Two U.S. Navy guided missile destroyers were sent toward the coast of Libya following the killing of the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three consulate employees, Fox News reported citing unnamed military officials.
Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed on Tuesday after the diplomatic facility in Benghazi was attacked by an armed mob angry over a U.S.-produced film that is said to be insulting to Islam’s Prophet Muhammad.
According to Fox News, a team of about 50 U.S. marines was also sent to Libya and will be dispatched in the country’s capital of Tripoli.
“A Marine “fast team” is being sent from the U.S. Naval base in Rota, Spain. They are expected to go to Tripoli,” Fox News reported.
The move comes after U.S. President Barack Obama ordered “all necessary resources to support the security of our personnel in Libya, and to increase security at our diplomatic posts around the globe.”
Libyan Ambassador to the United States Ali Aujali put the blame for the attack on supporters and sidekicks of slain Gaddafi, while the U.S. intelligence service initially reported that the attack was linked to al-Qaeda.