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Libyan officials: American chemistry teacher shot to death while jogging in Benghazi

Thursday - 12/5/2013, 3:00pm  ET

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) -- The State Department has confirmed that an American citizen was shot and killed in Benghazi, Libya, today.

A Libyan official describes the man as a chemistry teacher from Texas, and says he was shot while jogging near the compound where the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans were killed by Islamic militants in September 2012.

No one has claimed responsibility for the killing but suspicion is likely to fall on Islamic militants active in the city.

The American was one of four people killed in Benghazi today, highlighting the dangers of a city that is home to numerous armed groups resisting the central government's authority. The other three were military personnel.

Libya's heavily armed militias, with roots in the 2011 war against dictator Moammar Gadhafi, have proliferated since his overthrow. They have since undermined successive transitional governments and parliament.

The State Department says it's in contact with the man's family but did not provide further details.

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206-c-19-(Sagar Meghani (SAH'-gur meh-GAH'-nee), AP national security correspondent)-"killed last year"-AP National Security Correspondent Sagar Meghani reports the State Department says an American has been shot and killed in eastern Libya. (5 Dec 2013)

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205-v-31-(Sagar Meghani (SAH'-gur meh-GAH'-nee), AP national security correspondent)--The Obama administration is confirming an American citizen has been killed in Benghazi, Libya. AP National Security Correspondent Sagar Meghani reports from the Pentagon. (5 Dec 2013)

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195-c-19-(Kim Gamel (GAM'-uhl), AP correspondent)-"city's international school"-AP correspondent Kim Gamel reports an American teacher has been shot to death as he was jogging in the Libyan city of Benghazi. (5 Dec 2013)

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197-c-10-(Kim Gamel, AP correspondent)-"belonging to militias"-AP correspondent Kim Gamel reports we don't know, yet, who killed the American teacher or why. ((Gamel also notes that the American was one of four people killed in Benghazi today.)) (5 Dec 2013)

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196-c-17-(Kim Gamel (GAM'-uhl), AP correspondent)-"two thousand twelve"-AP correspondent Kim Gamel reports it isn't clear why the teacher was out near the U.S. Consulate. (5 Dec 2013)

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172-c-11-(Mark Lavie (lah-VEE'), AP Middle East correspondent)-"consulate in Benghazi"-AP Middle East Correspondent Mark Lavie reports Islamic militants are suspected in the shooting death of an American teacher in Benghazi, Libya. (5 Dec 2013)

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171-c-14-(Mark Lavie (lah-VEE'), AP Middle East correspondent)-"this one too"-AP Middle East Correspondent Mark Lavie reports an American teacher has been shot and killed in Libya. (5 Dec 2013)

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170-v-32-(Mark Lavie (lah-VEE'), AP Middle East correspondent)--An American teacher has been killed in Libya. More from AP Middle East Correspondent Mark Lavie. (5 Dec 2013)

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