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America stunned at diplomat’s death in Afghanistan

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 Relatives and colleagues of a young US diplomat killed in Afghanistan honored her as a smart woman just starting her career and eager to engage with locals in the war-ravaged country.

Anne Smedinghoff, 25, was among at least five Americans killed in separate attacks Saturday, in the deadliest day for foreigners in Afghanistan this year, as she traveled with Afghan officials to distribute books to students.

“She particularly enjoyed the opportunity to work directly with the Afghan people,” her parents Tom and Mary Beth Smedinghoff said in a statement.

She “was always looking for opportunities to reach out and help make a difference in the lives of those living in a country ravaged by war,” they added.

The last American diplomat killed on the job was US ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens.