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Benghazi attack not work of al-Qaida: media report

NEW YORK--Al-Qaida had no direct involvement in the attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi that left four Americans dead on Sept. 11 last year, The New York Times reported Saturday.

In an investigation published on its website and based on extensive reporting in the Libyan city, the Times said the killing of U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens and three of his countrymen was the work of local fighters.

The report could likely stir up controversy in Washington, where the Obama administration has repeatedly been accused of covering up what happened in Benghazi — a charge it denies.

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