Ahmed Abu Khatallah, a key suspect in a 2012 attack on the US diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, is being held on a US ship following his capture over the weekend by US special operations forces, a US official said on Tuesday.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the suspect was apprehended on the outskirts of Benghazi in a secret operation. He will be brought to the United States, the official added.

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