A vehicle and the surrounding area are engulfed in flames after it was set on fire inside the US consulate compound in Benghazi late on September 11, 2012. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)


Faraj al-Shibli, a suspect in the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, has been found dead, according to an unconfirmed report by CNN. 

CNN sited an unnamed Libyan source and “locals in the town of Marj” in eastern Libya. The Washington Post could not independently verify the report.

In 2013, Shibli was reportedly detained by Libyan authorities for his alleged role in the attacks. CNN reported at the time that FBI officers were allowed to question the man. U.S. officials told The Post this year that he may have since fled the country and that they would like to question him.

Ahmed Abu Khattala,  the first of the alleged perpetrators to be apprehended in the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, is awaiting trial in federal court in Washington. He faces criminal charges in the deaths of the U.S. ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens, and three other Americans. Stevens was the first U.S. ambassador to be killed in the line of duty in more than three decades.

Shibli is not the only person sought by U.S. authorities for suspicion of involvement.

Reports from the time suggest that about 150 gunmen began the attack on the diplomat outpost. In 2013, the FBI released images of 24 men it said “were on the grounds of the U.S. Special Mission when it was attacked.”

The original version of this story said Shibli was the most notorious suspect. That applies to Khattala, not Shibli.