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Libya Attack: Remains Of U.S. Dead Arrive At Andrews Air Force Base

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President Barack Obama walks from the Oval office to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, heading to Andrews Air Force Base, Md. to attend the transfer of remains ceremony marking the return to the United States of the remains of the four Americans killed this week in Benghazi, Libya. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) | AP

ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE, Maryland, Sept 14 (Reuters) - P resident Barack Obama arrived at Andrews Air Force Base on Friday to lead a ceremony honoring the return of the remains of the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans killed in an attack in Libya this week.

Obama met with grieving family members at the base outside Washington, where a U.S. government plane had brought their loved ones' remains back to U.S. soil. He was due to deliver an address inside an airplane hangar.

Ambassador Christopher Stevens and the other Americans died after gunmen attacked the lightly fortified U.S. consulate and a safe house refuge in Benghazi on Tuesday night.

The attack, which U.S. officials believe could have been planned in advance, emerged from a protest blaming America for a U.S.-made film they said insulted the Prophet Mohammad. The film has sparked protests, some of them violent, at U.S. embassies across the Muslim world.

Following the "transfer of remains" ceremony, the bodies were to be flown to a military mortuary at an air base in Dover, Delaware.

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