Ambassador Chris Stevens was still breathing as Libyans pulled him from a room where he was found after last week’s attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, according to an eyewitness.
A video shot after the assault on the consulate shows people scrambling to save Stevens after he was discovered in a room of the building.
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Fahd al-Bakoush said he was there when a crowd pulled Stevens out of the room inside the consulate where someone stumbled across him, thinking he was dead.
No one knew who he was.
Al-Bakoush told the Associated Press on Monday that Stevens was breathing, though his face was blackened and he seemed paralyzed.
A translation provided by The New York Times shows that one of the Libyans said: ‘I swear, he’s dead.’
Another man says: ‘Bring him out, man! Bring him out,’ another says.
There is hope as others are heard saying: ‘The man is alive. Move out of the way. Just bring him out, man.
‘Move, move, he is still alive!’
The crowd that had formed in the area then shouts: ‘Alive, Alive! God is great.’
Al-Bakoush said the crowd carried Stevens to a private car to drive him to a hospital, since there was no ambulance.
Three other Americans died in the Tuesday attack, part of a wave of unrest over an anti-Islam film, Innocence of Muslims.