The coffins of Americans, who were killed in an attack on the US consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi on September 11, 2012, are carried at the Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland three days after the incident.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has set up a panel to investigate the attack on the US consulate in Libya, during which the US ambassador and three other Americans died.
On Thursday, Clinton announced that she was launching a five-member Accountability Review Board that will be chaired by Thomas Pickering, who is a former envoy to the United Nations, Israel and Jordan.
On September 11, clashes broke out at the US consulate in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi after a group of people held a demonstration to protest against a blasphemous movie that insults Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and depicts Islam as an oppressive religion.
US ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and three staff members of the US consulate were killed during clashes at the mission building. According to a US official, at least five other Americans were also wounded in the clashes.
Meanwhile, White House spokesman Jay Carney said on Friday that the Benghazi incident was “a terrorist attack… in which… possible elements of Al-Qaeda participated.”
There have been demonstrations over the blasphemous film outside US diplomatic posts in several countries across the world.
The protesters say the people involved in the production of the film should be prosecuted, US diplomats should be expelled from their countries, and the US government should offer an apology.