US Ambassador Christopher Stevens was alive when found

US AMBASSADOR Christopher Stevens was still breathing when Libyans stumbled across him inside a room in the US consulate in Benghazi. They cheered “Alive, alive” and “God is great” as they tried to rescue him, a witness has said.

Fahd al-Bakoush, a freelance videographer, was among the Libyan civilians roaming freely through the consulate after gunmen and protesters attacked it last Tuesday night.

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Mr Bakoush said he heard someone call out that he had tripped over a body. A group gathered who saw he was alive and a foreigner, though no-one knew who he was. Mr Bakoush said the man was breathing and his eyelids flickered: “He was alive, no doubt.”

Video taken by Mr Bakoush and posted on YouTube shows Mr Stevens being carried through a window by a crowd of men. “The man is alive. Move out of the way,” others shout.

Mr Stevens was taken to hospital, but medical staff could not save him.