An American teacher working in Benghazi, Libya, was shot and killed there this morning, according to multiple media reports, citing Libyan officials. The male teacher worked at International School Benghazi and was reportedly shot while exercising at the school in the morning.
Later on Thursday, the State Department confirmed the death of an American citizen in Benghazi, but did not release identifying information. The department is in contact with the victim's family.
NBC discussed the shooting with the head of the International School Benghazi's board of directors, Adel Mansour. An unnamed school official identified the slain teacher to CBS as Ronald Smith, who taught chemistry. According to Reuters, no one has claimed responsibility for the shooting
While there are few details available on the attack at this point, the story will no doubt resonate with that of the infamous 2012 attacks on the U.S. diplomatic compound in the same city. The Benghazi compound attacks left four Americans dead, including U.S. ambassador Christopher Stevens.
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