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Kerry to Visit Parents of Slain US Diplomat

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a lecture to students at Tokyo Institute of Technology in Tokyo, April 15, 2013.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a lecture to students at Tokyo Institute of Technology in Tokyo, April 15, 2013.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has announced that on the way home from his trip to Asia, he will stop for a visit with the parents of a 25-year-old diplomat recently killed in Afghanistan.

Kerry said he will stop Monday in Chicago to offer condolences to the parents of Anne Smedinghoff, who was among six people - five Americans and one Afghan - who were killed by bomb blasts in the southern province of Zabul while delivering textbooks to Afghan schoolchildren.

Along with the diplomat, three U.S. soldiers, a civilian Defense Department employee and an Afghan doctor were killed in the April 6 attack.

The deaths occurred just two weeks after Kerry met with Smedinghoff on a visit to Afghanistan.

After his visit to Chicago, Kerry is expected to return home to Washington.
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