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US officials investigating whether attacks planned

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton walks with President Barack Obama to the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012, where he spoke about the death of U.S. ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton walks with President Barack Obama to the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012, where he spoke about the death of U.S. ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens.
Evan Vucci, Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration, roiled by the first killing of a U.S. ambassador in more than 30 years, is investigating whether the assault on the U.S. consulate in Libya was a planned terrorist strike to mark the anniversary of 9/11 and not a spontaneous mob enraged over an anti-Islamic YouTube video

President Barack Obama vowed in a Rose Garden address Wednesday that the U.S. would "work with the Libyan government to bring to justice" to those who killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other American personnel. A U.S. counterterrorism official said intelligence officials said the attack on the Benghazi consulate was too coordinated or professional to be spontaneous.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the incident publicly.