TODAY   |  April 07, 2013

25-year-old diplomat killed in Afghanistan

Diplomat Anne Smedinghoff was among the six Americans killed in two separate attacks in Afghanistan on Saturday -- the deadliest day for Americans in that country since August. NBC's Ron Mott reports.

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six people are dead including a young diplomat. ron mott is live with more. ron , good morning.

>> reporter: hey, erica, good morning to you. there's no such thing as routine movements in afghanistan , but the mission the young foreign service worker was on yesterday is pretty fundamental. she was on the way to a school in a convoy to deliver books to children when tragedy ensued. a suicide attacker detonated a bomb killing three american service members and two civilians, including the diplomat, anne smedinghoff. she'd been here in afghanistan since last summer doing a job her parents said she absolutely loved. in a statement to the " washington post ," her parents called her a wonderful woman, strong, intelligent, independent, and loved what she was doing. they are consoled knowing she was serving her country by helping to make a positive difference in the world. today in turkey, an emotional secretary of state john kerry , who met with her a few weeks ago, called saturday's attacks on americans a grim reminder of the dangers foreign service workers can face abroad.

>> a young 25-year-old woman with all of the future ahead of her, believing in the possibility of diplomacy, of changing people's lives, of making a difference, having an impact, who was taking knowledge and books to deliver them to a school. the folks who want to kill people, and that's all they want to do, are scared of knowledge.

>> reporter: now, this violence erupted on the day that general martin dempsey , the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff , arrived here in afghanistan . he is assessing how many troops need to be in the country when the troop ends in 2014 .

>> thank you, ron .