Slain Diplomat's Remains Arrive Back in US

The remains of a young American diplomat killed in a terrorist attack in southern Afghanistan have arrived back in the United States.

The State Department says Anne Smedinghoff's remains arrived at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware Monday afternoon for an official ceremony.

The department said earlier that Smedinghoff's family had asked that Monday's ceremony be private. The family was expected to attend along with Undersecretary of State Patrick Kennedy, Ambassador David Pearce and other officials.

The 25-year-old suburban Chicago woman was one of five Americans killed Saturday in a suicide car bombing as they delivered textbooks to school children. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

Smedinghoff grew up in River Forest, Ill.

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