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2 ex-Navy Seals among dead in Libya attack

Published on Sep 14, 2012 9:17 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Two of the four Americans killed in Tuesday's attack on the United States (US) consulate in Libya were former members of the elite Navy Seals, US officials said on Thursday.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton confirmed the identities of the former Seals as Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, praising them as decorated military veterans who "served our country with honour and distinction."

Ambassador Chris Stephens and Sean Smith, an information management officer, also were killed in Tuesday's harrowing assault in the eastern city of Benghazi.

"Our embassies could not carry on our critical work around the world without the service and sacrifice of brave people like Tyrone and Glen," Mrs Clinton said in a statement.

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