WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon says a Libyan militant accused in a deadly attack on Americans in Benghazi, Libya, is in U.S. custody.

The capture of Ahmed Abu Khattala marks the first time the U.S has apprehended one of the accused perpetrators in the 2012 attack. Khattala is a senior leader of the Benghazi branch of the terrorist group Ansar alt-Sharia.

He was captured on Sunday, according to Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby.

He is in U.S. custody in a secure location outside of Libya, Kirby said Tuesday. There were no civilian casualties related to this operation, and all U.S. personnel involved in the operation have safely departed Libya.

Khattala's capture was first reported by the Washington Post.

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