A foreign service officer from Chicago was among those killed Saturday in a suicide attack in the Zabul province of Afghanistan, USA Today reports.
Anne Smedinghoff, 25, was working as a press officer for the U.S. embassy and helping Afghan reports cover a book donation event at a boy's school. Three U.S. troops and one civilian were killed in the attack, and four State Department workers were injured. Smedinghoff's death marks the first death of a U.S. diplomat on the job since the attack last September in Benghazi that killed ambassador Cristopher Stevens.
Smedinghoff had been with the Foreign Service for three years, and had arrived in Afghanistan last July. Secretary of State John Kerry, who had met Smedinghoff just two weeks prior to the attack, described her death as the "stealing of a young life," ABC News reports.
"I remember her as vivacious, smart, capable, often chosen by the ambassador for her capabilities," Kerry said. ""There are no words for anybody to describe the extraordinary harsh contradiction of a young 25-year-old woman with all of the future ahead of her, believing in the possibilities of diplomacy."