Americans in Yemen shooting were getting haircuts

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Updated: Sun, 11 May 2014 07:15:29 EST

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni security officials say one of the two officers at the U.S. Embassy in Yemen who shot and killed a pair of suspected al-Qaida gunmen was getting a haircut at a barbershop when the attempted abduction took place.

They say one of the two Americans shot and killed both of the attackers in the attempted kidnapping April 24. They say the armed al-Qaida militants arrived in a battered SUV and burst into the shop shouting: "Police! Police!"

They say Yemeni authorities questioned the two Americans and later gave them permission to leave the country. They say the two fully cooperated with the Yemeni government investigation.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief journalists.

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