Obama on Benghazi suspect: ‘Message to the world’

President Obama during a visit to a cutting-edge equipment shop in Pittsburgh on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
President Obama during a visit to a cutting-edge equipment shop in Pittsburgh on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

(CNN) — The United States has arrested a prime suspect in the 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Officials say Ahmed Abu Khattalah was arrested in a raid over the weekend and is now being held in a location outside Libya.

During a visit to TechShop in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, President Obama spoke about Abu Khattalah’s capture.

“It’s important for us to send a message to the world, that when Americans are attacked, no matter how long it takes, we will find those responsible and we will bring them to justice.

“That’s a message I sent the day after it happened. And regardless of how long it takes, we will find you. I want to make sure everyone around the world hears that message very clearly.”

President Obama said he authorized the operation to capture the alleged mastermind of the attack that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens.

Attorney General Eric Holder says Khattalah, who faces three federal criminal charges, will be tried in U.S. courts.

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