By Julian Pecquet - 09/21/12 10:24 PM EDT
Pro-government demonstrators on Friday forced their way into the Benghazi headquarters of an Islamist group accused of involvement in the attack that killed four Americans last week, Reuters reports.
The protest came just as the Senate prepared to vote on legislation by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) to cut all aid to Libya — as well as to Egypt and Pakistan — in retaliation for the attack that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans on the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
The Libyan government has blamed Ansar al Shariah militants for carrying out last week's attack. The group has denied involvement.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Friday that the news confirmed that the Libyan people rejected radical Islam and were now demonstrating against it.
“Somewhere Chris Stevens is smiling,” he told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer in an interview.
McCain said the events Friday in Libya show why the United States should not cut off aid to Libya.
“This shows how ill-founded and frankly a bad idea that Sen. Paul and the isolationists have,” McCain said.
— Jeremy Herb contributed to this report.