State Department worker recovering in Knoxville

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A U.S. State Department worker and former copy editor at the Knoxville News Sentinel is recovering in the U.S. after she was wounded in a suicide bombing in Afghanistan.

The News Sentinel reports that Kelly Hunt was one of a group on a goodwill mission to deliver textbooks to students at a school on April 6 when a suicide bomber drove an explosives-laden vehicle into their convoy.

The blast killed a diplomat, a civilian Defense Department worker and three U.S. soldiers, including Staff Sgt. Christopher Ward of Oak Ridge.

Hunt's aunt, Yvonne Stahl, said her 33-year-old niece arrived earlier this week at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington. She is in critical but stable condition.

The Ohio native studied international journalism at the University of Tennessee.

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