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2 Former Navy SEALs From California Among Killed In Libya Attacks

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A burnt building inside the US Embassy compound in Benghazi, Libya (Photo credit: STRINGER/AFP/GettyImages)

A burnt building inside the US Embassy compound in Benghazi, Libya (Photo credit: STRINGER/AFP/GettyImages)

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SAN DIEGO (CBS / AP) — Two of the four Americans killed this week in the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya were former Navy SEALs from San Diego County.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said in a statement Thursday they were Tyrone S. Woods and Glen A. Doherty, who both provided security at the consulate.

Woods, 41, is from Imperial Beach south of San Diego and Doherty, a native of Massachusetts, lived for several years in Encinitas, north of San Diego.

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Clinton said Woods, a Navy SEAL for two decades, since 2010 had protected American diplomats in posts from Central America to the Middle East.

She says Doherty was a trained pilot and paramedic, and co-authored a book about the modern challenges of being a military sniper.

The two others killed were Ambassador Chris Stevens, a native of the Bay Area, and Sean Smith. Stevens graduated from Piedmont High School in 1978, the University of California–Berkeley in 1982, and UC Hastings School of Law in San Francisco in 1989.

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