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Benghazi Terror Attack Suspect Indicted on New Charges

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This undated file image obtained from Facebook shows Ahmed Abu Khattala, an alleged leader of the deadly 2012 attacks on Americans in Benghazi, Libya. (AP Photo/File)

Story by the Associated Press; curated by Oliver Darcy.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department has brought new charges against a Libyan militant accused in the 2012 Benghazi attacks, including counts that carry the death penalty.

The new 18-count superseding indictment announced Tuesday adds multiple charges of murder against Ahmed Abu Khattala.

This undated file image obtained from Facebook shows Ahmed Abu Khattala, an alleged leader of the deadly 2012 attacks on Americans in Benghazi, Libya. (AP Photo/File) This undated file image obtained from Facebook shows Ahmed Abu Khattala, an alleged leader of the deadly 2012 attacks on Americans in Benghazi, Libya. (AP Photo/File)

Abu Khattala was captured in June by U.S. special forces and transported to the United States aboard a Navy boat. He is awaiting trial in Washington.

An earlier indictment that served as a placeholder charged him with conspiring to provide support to terrorists. The new indictment had been expected.

Federal prosecutors accuse Abu Khattala of being a ringleader of the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

His public defender said last summer that prosecutors had not presented evidence tying him to the attacks.

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