UPDATE 3-Libyan leader says 50 arrested in U.S. consulate attack

Sun Sep 16, 2012 9:41pm GMT

* Head of Libyan assembly says 50 suspects detained

* Interior minister says four held, 50 wanted

* Assembly head says consulate attack "planned by foreigners"

* Minister says consulate guards may have been infiltrated

WASHINGTON/TRIPOLI, Sept 16 (Reuters) - The head of Libya's national congress said on Sunday about 50 people had been arrested in connection with a deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi last week, although the interior minister put the figure far lower.

Tuesday's attack in Benghazi coincided with protests over a video made in the United States that denigrates the Prophet Mohammad. It resulted in the deaths of the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans.

Libyan assembly head Mohammed Magarief was asked by the "Face the Nation" programme on the U.S. television network CBS how many people had been arrested in connection with the assault, and replied: "About 50."

But Libyan Interior Minister Fawzi Abdel A'al, when asked about that figure, told Reuters in Tripoli that only four arrests had been made and around 50 people were "wanted for investigation".

"What I have is that four have been arrested," he said.   Continued...

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