Senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.), a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee and former U.S. Ambassador to Germany, issued the following statement regarding the attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya that killed four individuals including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens:
"My thoughts and prayers are with the families of Ambassador Stevens and the brave Americans killed in the attack in Libya. The senseless murder of our Ambassador to Libya, along with other Americans serving our diplomatic mission, is a stark reminder that our war against radical Islamic terrorists is ongoing.
"It is no coincidence that this attack as well as the attack on our embassy in Egypt occurred on the anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11. I am shocked to learn that the Libyan Deputy Interior Minister would place the blame on Americans for this attack. Our country will not tolerate these outrageous attacks on our people and the international diplomatic community.
"Whether serving in uniform on the battlefield or representing our nation in diplomatic service, those killed in the line of duty are American heroes. Our country mourns the loss of these courageous Americans who were dedicated to serving the United States and its mission to defend and protect freedom and democracy."