Diplomatic security agent Scott Wickland testified Monday in D.C. federal court as the government’s first witness in a trial of Ahmed Khattala, the prime suspect behind the attack on Sept.11, 2011, reports the Daily Mail.
His bodyguard, Scott WIckland, revealed the last words from Ambassador Chris Stevens who was killed in an attack after Islamic terrorists stormed the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya:
“When I die, you need to pick up my gun and keep fighting,” Stevens told Wickland, according to his testimony.
The diplomatic security agent provided a disturbing account of his attempts to save the ambassador and State Department management officer Sean Patrick Smith, according to the Daily Mail.
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The smoke from weapons’ fire and explosions was so thick and black that it blinded the three. They dropped to the floor and crawled on their bellies, gasping for air.
Wickland said he was trying to lead them to a bathroom where he could close the door and open a window.
‘I was breathing through the last centimeter of air on the ground,’ Wickland said. ‘I’m yelling, ‘Come on. We can make it. We’re going to the bathroom.’ Within 8 meters, they disappeared.’
Abu Khattala is charged with 18-count indictment, with Assistant U.S. attorney John Crabb, claiming the defendant “hates America with a vengeance” and this “hatred simmered until it boiled over.”
In addition to Stevens and Smith being killed, American contract security officers Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty also died later that night in a mortar attack on the nearby CIA complex.
Oh, by the way, the U.S. will not seek the death penalty against Ahmed Abu Khattala,