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Remains of American diplomat killed in Afghanistan return home

The remains of an American diplomat Anne Smedinghoff who was killed in Afghanistan are headed home today.

Smedinghoff, 25, died Saturday when a suspected suicide bomber struck her convoy in southern Afghanistan. She was delivering books to a school, and her parents say she died doing what she loved.

"She was someone that really embraced life from the fullest," said her father, Thomas Smedinghoff. "She really wanted to make a difference in the world. She had a strong interest in foreign affairs and international diplomacy. And she saw this as a way that she could really contribute and help make a difference to Afghanistan, to the people who really needed the kind of help that she was able to provide both in terms of education, and helping local women's groups, helping businesses and so forth."

Four other Americans also died in the convoy attack.

Smedinghoff is believed to be the first U.S. diplomat killed since the September attack in Benghazi, Libya.

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